Jonathan Fischer joined the San Francisco Symphony in 2003, and is currently serving as Acting Principal Oboe while also retaining his position as Principal Oboist with the Houston Symphony. He has held positions with the Cleveland Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Grant Park Symphony, Santa Fe Opera, Canadian Opera Company, Savannah Symphony, and New World Symphony. Mr. Fischer has performed as a guest principal with many of the nation’s leading orchestras, including those of Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Saint Louis, Atlanta, and Baltimore, as well as the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. He has appeared as a soloist several times with the San Francisco Symphony, as well as with the Grant Park Symphony and the New World Symphony. This summer Mr. Fischer will serve his third year as Principal Oboist with the Sun Valley Summer Symphony in Idaho. He has taught and performed at the Aspen Music Festival as well as Music at Menlo, and he frequently coaches at the New World Symphony. Mr. Fischer holds a degree from the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Richard Woodhams. He grew up in the Carolinas and travels there often to visit his family.
Oboe - Dr. William D. Clinite Chair
Member since 1988
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Began playing music:
I started piano when I was four. My parents had no musical background whatsoever but my older brother played clarinet. When he began as a bass clarinetist in the Atlanta Symphony—where he retired after 44 years—I decided I wanted to follow in his footsteps. I loved the flute but the band needed an oboe player, so at age seven I began oboe lessons.
On becoming a professional musician:
After I graduated high school, the Rotary Club International awarded me a grant to live and study a year abroad. I attended a small conservatory in Liège, Belgium. I came to San Francisco in 1973 to study with Marc Lifschey—then principal oboist with the SFS—at the San Francisco Conservatory. Since then I’ve been privileged in the opportunities to study with some of the greats, including John de Lancie of the Philadelphia Orchestra, John Mack of the Cleveland Orchestra, and Joe Robinson of the New York Philharmonic and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
On being in the Orchestra:
I love performing here with MTT: His obvious joy and enthusiasm for the music is infectious. Prior to coming here, I enjoyed positions with the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, the Atlanta Symphony, and the Honolulu Symphony.
My son Jack keeps me busy. I have a passion for gardening, I love skiing, and I am a voracious reader of historical novels, especially about the American South.
English horn, Joseph & Pauline Scafidi Chair
SFS member since: 2007
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Music schools attended: Northwestern University, Boston University
Began playing music: At age 13
Musical inspirations: My band director
If I were not a professional musician, I might be a: Teacher or athlete
Favorite composers: Bach, Mahler, Brahms, Sibelius
Favorite works featuring my instrument: The Swan of Tuonela, Sibelius; William Tell Overture, Rossini; Shostakovich, Symphony No. 8; Berlioz, Roman Carnival Overture
When I’m not working, I enjoy: Working out, reading, spending time with my kids
Recent reading: The Stiff: The Curious Lives of Cadavers, by Mary Roach; History of the Philadelphia Orchestra
On my CD player/iPod: Pink Martini
Favorite things to do in the Bay Area: Eating out, beaches
Russ deLuna has served as a Symphony mentor in the SF Symphony Community of Music Makers program.
Currently the Acting Associate Principal oboe of the San Francisco Symphony, Christopher Gaudi has also served as the Acting Assistant Principal oboe of the National Symphony Orchestras, as Professor of Oboe at the University of Indiana Bloomington Jacob School of Music, Principal Oboe in the San Diego Symphony, Guest Principal oboe with the Atlanta, Seattle, and Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestras, and has been a frequent substitute with the Metropolitan Opera. He has also performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and for multiple occasions at the at the White House. Currently he also serves as President of the Board for OvreArts, Inc., a non-profit arts organization in Pittsburgh, PA. A student of Elaine Douvas and John Mack, Mr. Gaudi received both his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School. He has participated in numerous festivals including Aspen, Kent/Blossom, Mainly Mozart, Spoleto (Italy), the New York String Orchestra Seminar, and the Interlochen Arts Camp, and has presented masterclasses at The Colburn School, Interlochen, Asian Youth Orchestra (Hong Kong) and Hidden Valley Music Seminars. He also maintains a blog, www.oboeclass.com, a website full of information and resources for oboists.
Christopher Gaudi has served as a Symphony mentor in the SF Symphony Community of Music Makers program.