MusiciansOscar Gillespie

Oscar is an oboist based in Melbourne with a passion for classical music. He began his oboe adventure at the age of 10 in Winchester, England, where his ability to sing and play piano earned him a scholarship at the musical school Pilgrims. After being advised to select another instrument to study, and the French horn was not working out too well, Oscar took to the oboe very naturally.

Oscar moved to Australia in 2013, and continued with his music studies learning from Stephen Robinson and then Joshua de Graaf at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School (VCASS) from 2015-19. During his time at VCASS, Oscar was involved in Orchestral and Chamber music performances, which ignited his passion even more so for music, and would lead him to further his studies at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music.

Here, Oscar would undergo his Bachelor of Music majoring in Performance, expanding his knowledge of music theory, history and practical playing. Due to COVID-19, he missed out on much of the performances with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Wind Symphony and Philharmonic Orchestra, but managed to perform at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl and Hamer Hall with these ensembles in the brief windows in between lockdowns.

Aside from playing the oboe, Oscar composes music, and delights in playing sports. He coaches tennis, and enjoys playing cricket and table tennis, where he can get rather competitive!

Oscar will begin his studies at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) in 2022, where he is eager to begin learning from Jeffry Crellin, and hopefully perform plenty of live music in front of an audience and not a video camera!

Photo credit Pia Johnson


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