Joshua Lauretig

Joshua Lauretig, hailed for his “considerable musicianship” and “beautiful rich sound” by and “apparent virtuosity and lyricism” by the Talbot Spy, is the second oboist of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. He also serves as the second oboist of the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra and has previously served as second oboe and solo English Horn of Symphony in C (formerly the Haddonfield Symphony). He has been invited to perform with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Sarasota Orchestra and the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestras.

Joshua is a laureate of numerous international music competitions: he was awarded first prize in the International Double Reed Society’s 2014 Young Artist Competition; received Honorable Mention in the 2019 Gillet-Fox Oboe Competition; received third prize in the 2020 Busan Maru International Music Festival Concerto Competition, of which he was the only American finalist; and received second prize in the 2020 Elizabeth Loker Concerto Competition. He has been invited to perform at the music festivals of Sarasota, Colorado, and Aspen, as well as the Moritzburg Festival Academy. He has been featured on recitals sponsored by the Interlochen Center for the Arts, the Montante Cultural Center’s “Informally Formal” recital series, the Ventfort Hall Summer Chamber Music Concert Series, and has performed on WHYY-TV Philadelphia’s “On Stage at Curtis.” He has given solo performances with the Ars Nova Chamber Orchestra, the Lakeland Civic Orchestra, the Mid-Atlantic Symphony, the Young Artist Debut Orchestra of Erie, PA, and the United States Navy Band.

An advocate for performing new music, Joshua is a member of the Liminal Space Ensemble, a group whose mission is dedicated to reflecting programming choices for diverse audiences, and showing that classical music is by and for everyone. During the 2021-22 season Joshua gave the world premiere of Tony Manfredonia’s new “Transformation Concerto” for oboe and orchestra.

A student of Richard Woodhams (former principal oboe, Philadelphia Orchestra), Joshua earned a Bachelor’s Degree at the Curtis Institute of Music, where he was awarded the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Fellowship. Other teachers include Danna Sundet, Olav van Hezewijk, and Keisuke Wakao.

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