John Upton is an Associate Musician with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra,
where he can be heard playing both oboe and English horn. Mr. Upton has also
performed frequently with the New York Philharmonic on both instruments. He has
also performed with the New York City Ballet Orchestra, the American Ballet
Theater Orchestra, and The Knights.
Before moving to New York City, he was principal oboe of The Florida Orchestra
and was also a member of the New World Symphony and the Rochester
Philharmonic Orchestra. Mr. Upton has performed as guest principal oboist of the
Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and has also
performed with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and the National Arts Centre
Orchestra (Canada). In 2012, he performed in Carnegie Hall as principal oboist of
the New York String Orchestra Seminar.
Mr. Upton began his studies at the Eastman School of Music, earning a Bachelor of
Music degree. Upon graduation, he was awarded the prestigious Performer’s
Certificate, the school’s highest performance prize. Mr. Upton continued his studies
at The Juilliard School, where he received his Master of Music degree. After
receiving first prize in the International Double Reed Society’s biennial Young
Artist Competition, Mr. Upton was awarded a solo recital at the 2010 International
Double Reed Society conference. He has also been a featured soloist with The
Florida Orchestra performing the Mozart Oboe Concerto. Mr. Upton has performed
with the Verbier Festival, Tanglewood Music Center, Mainly Mozart, Classical
Tahoe, and many other summer festivals. His most influential teachers include
Nathan Hughes, Richard Killmer, and Nancy Ambrose King.