Faculty Chair Profile

Eugene Izotov

NMS Oboe Faculty
Principal Oboe, Chicago Symphony Orchestra


Described as "one of the top players of his time" (Chicago Sun-Times), Russian-born oboist Eugene Izotov combines a multi-faceted career of orchestral, solo, teaching, and chamber music engagements. Appointed by Daniel Barenboim in 2005, Eugene Izotov is the principal oboist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and over the past twenty years has enjoyed numerous affiliations and guest appearances with leading orchestras such as the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra (New York), Boston Symphony,  San Francisco Symphony, and Los Angeles Philharmonic. 

Eugene Izotov is the first Russian-born musician in history to hold a principal wind position in any major American symphony orchestra. His numerous awards include top prizes at solo competitions in Saint Petersburg, Moscow, New York, and at the Fernand Gillet International Competition. 

Izotov has appeared as soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Pacific Music Festival Orchestra, and has collaborated with Bernard Haitink, Riccardo Muti, James Levine, Nicholas McGegan, Ludovic Morlot, Ton Koopman, and Michael Tilson Thomas performing works by Mozart, Strauss, Marcello, Haydn, Martinu, Vivaldi, Carter, Hummel, Krommer and Bach. Izotov's solo recording “Sound in Motion” has been released on Boston Records and includes works by Rachmaninoff, Silvestrini, Pasculli, Bozza, and Ravel. An active chamber musician, Eugene Izotov has collaborated regularly with the MET Chamber Ensemble throughout its residence at Carnegie Hall, as well as with Yefim Bronfman, Pinchas Zukerman, Jamie Laredo, Yo Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax, André Watts, and the Tokyo String Quartet. This season's highlights include performances of the Richard Strauss Concerto for Oboe and Orchestra with the Chicago Symphony and Vladimir Jurowski, as well as recitals and teaching engagements at New World Symphony, Music Academy of the West, Oberlin College, Conservatoire de Luxembourg, and Pacific Music Festival (Sapporo, Japan).

Mr. Izotov teaches at DePaul and Roosevelt universities and has previously taught at the Juilliard School and San Francisco Conservatory of Music. One of the most sought-after teachers in the U.S., Eugene Izotov presents regular master classes at conservatories across the nation and abroad, such as New World Symphony, Boston University, Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, San Francisco Conservatory, Mannes College, University of Michigan, University of Illinois, University of California at Berkeley, HuyndaI Center (Seoul, Korea), Mannes College, Tanglewood Music Center, Domaine Forget (Canada), and Interlochen Center for the Arts. In 2003, at the invitation of Maestro James Levine, Mr. Izotov joined the woodwind faculty of the Verbier Festival Orchestra in Switzerland. Since 2005 he serves on the International Principals faculty of the Pacific Music Festival founded by Leonard Bernstein in Sapporo, Japan. Eugene Izotov has served as an oboe mentor for the 2011 YouTube Symphony Orchestra during its residency at the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia  which included a live internet simulcast to over 30 million of worldwide viewers.

Born in Moscow, Russia, Izotov studied at the Gnesin School of Music with Ivan Pushechnikov and Sergey Velikanov and at Boston University School of Fine Arts with Ralph Gomberg.