James Gorton, Co-Principal Oboist of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, joined the orchestra in 1971. He was formerly a member of the Rochester Philharmonic and Eastman-Rochester Orchestras and Principal Oboe of the Rochester Chamber Orchestra. He has also been Principal Oboe of the Pittsburgh Opera and Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, Principal Oboe and soloist with the Colorado Philharmonic and the New Hampshire Music Festival, and oboist and English hornist of the Bethlehem (PA) Bach Festival, Lake George (NY) Opera Festival, and Sun Valley (ID) Summer Symphony.
Mr. Gorton performed the Pittsburgh premieres of Witold Lutoslawski’s Double Concerto for Oboe, Harp, and Chamber Orchestra with the Pittsburgh Symphony and Antal Dorati’s Five Pieces for Solo Oboe. He gave the Rochester premiere of L’horloge de flore (The Flower Clock) for oboe and orchestra by Jean Françaix with the Eastman-Rochester Orchestra.
As a chamber musician and recitalist, Mr. Gorton was a founder of the New Pittsburgh Quintet, which played throughout the United States, at the prestigious Osaka International Festival in Japan, and for national television in America. Mr. Gorton has given recitals and master classes throughout the United States and is currently a faculty member at Duquesne University.
James Gorton studied privately with Charles Morris, Louis Rosenblatt, and John de Lancie, all members of the Philadelphia Orchestra, then was graduated from the Eastman School of Music where he was a student of Robert Sprenkle. At Eastman Mr. Gorton was a Rochester National Scholar and winner of the Performer’s Certificate.