Alfred Genovese, Principal Oboist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, began his study of the oboe when he was 16 years old with John Minsker, former English hornist of the Philadelphia Orchestra. He subsequently studied oboe and had ensemble classes with the world renowned oboist and musician, Marcel Tabuteau, at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. After graduating from Curtis, Alfred Genovese held the position of Principal Oboist with the Baltimore and St. Louis Symphonies, the Cleveland Orchestra under George Szell, and the Metropolitan Opera. When he left the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra to join the Boston Symphony Orchestra, James Levine, artistic director of the Met, remarked that “we have lost one of our best singers!”
Alfred Genovese comes from a large musical Philadelphia family. His father was a professional clarinetist and two of his brothers also attended the Curtis Institute and became famous clarinetists. Mr. Genovese performed for many years at the Marlboro Music Festival with Rudolf Serkin and he was a soloist at the Casals Music Festival in Puerto Rico. Alfred Genovese is a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players and the Boston Woodwind Octet, and teaches at the New England Conservatory. Boston Records' BR1004 features Alfred Genovese and Peter Serkin in the Schumann Three Romances, Poulenc Sonata, Ibert Escales, Loeffler Two Rhapsodies, and the Mozart Quintet with BSO Principals Harold Wright (clarinet), Richard Sebring (horn), and Richard Svoboda (bassoon).