Stephen Hammer


One of America’s most distinguished performers on historical woodwinds, Stephen Hammer enjoys an eclectic musical life playing and teaching oboes and recorders of all periods, serving as principal oboist of the Bach Ensemble, Concert Royal and the Clarion Music Society in New York, Musica Angelica in Los Angeles, the Aston Magna festival, and Maine’s Blue Hill Bach Festival, of which he is also artistic director. He has also been principal oboist of the Boston Handel and Haydn Orchestra and recorder soloist for the Metropolitan Opera, and was a co-founder and artistic director of the New York Collegium. He has been a featured soloist with Great Performers at Lincoln Center, the Academy of Ancient Music, and the Mostly Mozart, Boston Early Music, Tanglewood, Ravinia, Bruges, Regensburg, Bachsommer Arnstadt, Stockholm Early Music, City of London, and BBC Proms festivals; his more than 200 solo, chamber, obligato, and orchestral recordings appear on the Decca l’Oiseau-lyre, CBS Masterworks, Nonesuch, EMI, Sony, Pro Arte, Dorian, Smithsonian, and other labels. Mr. Hammer has taught at many notable schools of music, including Indiana University and the Bard College Conservatory, and also collaborates with the instrument-maker Joel Robinson in building replicas of historical oboes. He recently moved to the Valley Glen neighborhood of Los Angeles, California.

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