Alek Fester, an Oboist Abroad 




Oboist Alek Fester first performed with Staunton Music Festival as a Young Artist in 2007. Since then he has gone on to study at the famed Schola Cantorum in Basel, Switzerland, one of the world's most distinguished conservatories for specialists in early music. In this Perspective, Alek shows his collection of period oboes and discusses their expressive differences in performances from Bach to Schubert.






Oboist Alek Fester specializes in performing music from the Baroque through Romantic eras on historical oboes. Alek is much sought after for his interpretations of Bach and Classical-era works. He has lived in Basel, Switzerland since 2009 and is currently first oboist with Capriccio Barockorchester. Capriccio is one of the busiest period-instrument orchestras in Switzerland with over 30 projects a year ranging from small chamber music concerts to large symphony orchestra choral works. In 2014 he received his Masters degrees at the prestigious Schola Cantorum in Basel while studying with Katharina Arfken. Before moving to Europe he studied with Washington McClain at Indiana University and at Sarah Lawrence College in New York.  





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