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 the piano earned him a scholarship at the musical school Pilgrims. After starting on French Horn – which didn’t work out too well – and being advised to select another instrument to study, Oscar took to the oboe very naturally.

Oscar moved to Australia in 2013, and continued with his music studies with 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 (Performance), expanding his knowledge of music theory, history and practical playing. Due to COVID-19, he missed out on the performances with the University of 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 is undertaking his third year at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) in 2024, studying with Jeffrey Crellin.

FROM: Melbourne, VIC. Lands of the Kulin Nation.

Oscar is supported by ANAM Syndicate donors Diane Lightfoot, Lee Palmer and Igor Zambelli

Photo credit Pia Johnson


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