Noah Rudd is an oboist, born and raised in New Zealand. Now active as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral performer, he was rather a late bloomer to the 'play a musical instrument' scene. Despite dabbling in a number of instruments, it wasn't until he turned nine that he decided on the oboe and began learning with Alison Jepson – a decision that directed his musical journey.
In 2018, Noah graduated from the University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Music, studying under the tutelage of Robert Orr and Martin Lee. During this time, he held the position of Principal Oboe in the University of Auckland Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Youth Orchestra and NZSO National Youth Orchestra. He has also played with a number of professional orchestras including the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.
Noah is a keen advocate of New Zealand music. After winning the 2016 AYO Soloist Competition, he performed the world premiere of Anthony Ritchie's Cartoon: Fantasy for Oboe and Orchestra in Auckland and then the European premiere at the 2018 Young Euro Classic in Berlin. Noah believes the creation of new works is vital to the continued development of classical music and its ability to excite and challenge audiences.
As a soloist, Noah has also played the Mozart Oboe Concerto with orchestra as a finalist in the 2018 University of Auckland Graduation Gala Soloist Competition. Other competition successes include reaching the semi-final of the 2018 New Zealand National Concerto Competition, and the semi-final of the 2019 ANAM Concerto Competition. Noah is equally passionate about chamber music, twice reaching the national finals of the NZCT Chamber Music Contest.
This is Noah’s second year training at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) with Principal Oboe of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Jeffrey Crellin.
Musician Beneficiary Support generously provided by ANAMsyndicate - Helen & Bernard Jordan, Cynthia & David O'Keefe, Noeline Sandblom, Daniel and Frances Wallace, Rowan Streiff, Christina and Terry Hart
Photo and video by Pia Johnson