Eugene Izotov is the Principal Oboe of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra under the direction of James Levine. Mr. Izotov has previously served as the Associate Principal Oboist of the San Francisco Symphony and as Principal Oboist of the Kansas City Symphony Orchestra. He has performed as guest Principal Oboe with the Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the New World Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Izotov is the First Prize Winner of the 2001 Fernand Gillet International Solo Oboe Competition, a Laureate of the 1995 New York International Competition for Solo Oboe Players, the 1991 Russia Wind Players Competition, and the 1991 New Names International Competition. Mr. Izotov performs regularly with the MET Chamber Ensemble at Carnegie Hall and has appeared as soloist with the San Francisco Symphony, Boston Pops, and Kansas City Symphony performing the works by Mozart, Marcello, Krommer, Hummel, and Bach.
Born in Russia in 1973, Eugene Izotov began his musical career at the age of six at the Gnesin School of Music in Moscow. He has performed extensively throughout Europe, Asia, and North America appearing at Sarasota, Hampden-Sydney, Bowdoin, and Tanglewood Music Festivals where he received the 1995 “Outstanding Wind Player” award. Mr. Izotov was the recipient of the 2001 Distinguished Alumni Award at Boston University School of Music where he studied with Ralph Gomberg.
Mr. Izotov teaches at the Juilliard School and has made numerous appearances as a teacher as well as a performer across the nation and abroad at New World Symphony, Manhattan School of Music, Boston University, University of Michigan, San Francisco Conservatory, Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Mannes College, Pacific Music Festival (Japan), and Verbier Festival Orchestra (Switzerland), where he has served on the woodwind faculty since 2003.