Elaine Douvas has been Principal Oboe of the Metropolitan Opera since 1977. Her career highlights include the Strauss Oboe Concerto with the MET Orchestra at Carnegie Hall under James Levine and Dutilleux’s Les Citations with the MET Chamber Ensemble. Her solo CD is issued by Boston Records, and “Oboe Divas,” with oboist Emily Pailthorpe, appears on the Oboe Classics label.
One of the most influential teachers in the USA, Ms. Douvas has served as Oboe Instructor at The Juilliard School since 1982 and was appointed Woodwind Department Chairman in 1997. During the summers, she is an artist-faculty member of the Aspen Music Festival and School and teaches three intensive one-week oboe camps in Interlochen, Michigan, Le Domaine Forget Academie in Quebec, and the Hidden Valley Music Seminars in Carmel, California. Her students hold positions in more than a dozen major orchestras and university faculties, and her three albums of demonstration and written commentary for Music Minus One are used by teachers and students throughout the country.
Douvas trained at the Cleveland Institute of Music under John Mack and at the Interlochen Arts Academy. Her first job was Principal Oboe of the Atlanta Symphony under Robert Shaw. For many years she has devoted her spare time to figure skating, earning her Gold Medal for Adult Moves in the Field in 2006.