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principal oboe

Charles Hamann

Charles "Chip" Hamann was appointed to the principal oboe chair of Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra in 1993 at the age of 22. He has also been guest principal oboist with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Québec’s renowned baroque orchestra, Les Violons du Roy. Mr. Hamann is a member of the National Arts Centre Wind Quintet, comprised of principal players of NACO.

This chamber ensemble has played recitals and given clinics across North America, the UK, and China. Their disc of music for wind instruments by Camille Saint-Saëns with pianist Stéphane Lemelin for the Naxos label was awarded an Editor’s Choice award from Gramophone Magazine. A sought-after soloist, Chip Hamann has appeared with Les Violons du Roy, the Affinis Festival Orchestra in Japan, Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra, the Alberta Baroque Ensemble, and Ottawa’s Thirteen Strings.

He has appeared nearly every season for over 20 years as soloist with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in a diverse range of major concerti, both in Ottawa and on tour. He will record the Bach Double Concerto with violinist Pinchas Zukerman and NACO in November 2015. Also an active recitalist, Mr. Hamann will record a CD of works for oboe and piano by Canadian composers with pianist Frédéric Lacroix in July 2016, including several commissioned works.

He can be heard on the ATMA, Analekta, CBC, CanSona and Naxos labels, as well as the NACMusicbox online archive of NACO performances. Mr. Hamann is Adjunct Professor at the University of Ottawa School of Music and is on the faculty of the NAC Summer Music Institute each June. He has taught at the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, l’Orchestre de la francophonie canadienne, and given masterclasses and reed clinics across the US, Canada, Mexico, China and Japan.

He has appeared as a guest artist at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. Born in Lincoln, Nebraska, USA, Mr. Hamann is a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy. He was later awarded a Bachelor of Music and the prestigious Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music in of Rochester, NY, where he was a student of Richard Killmer.  

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