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Grammy-award winning oboist Alex Klein began his professional career at age 11 in his native Brazil. Recognized as one of the world’s leading oboists, he was Principal Oboe with the Chicago Symphony under Daniel Barenboim until 2004, leaving the position due to the onset of Musician’s Focal Dystonia, but returning to CSO under Riccardo Muti in 2016 in a continuing effort to suppress the consequences of Dystonia.

Klein has performed chamber music recitals and as a soloist with major orchestras internationally. His recordings including concertos written for him by Yano, Sydor and David Stock, and are released by Teldec, Boston Records, Newport Classics, Musical Heritage Society and Cedille Records. His master classes are held at the world’s top music conservatories, including the Juilliard School, Paris Conservatory, Geneva Conservatory, Center Conservatory in Beijing, the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow and the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory in Saint Petersburg. He has adjudicated international competitions in Japan, England, Russia, Switzerland, and in the USA.

Klein founded and is Artistic Director of Santa Catarina Music Festival, which quickly rose to become Latin America’s largest music festival, and served as founder and General Director of PRIMA, the Program of Social Inclusion through Music and the Arts, establishing youth and children’s orchestras in the public school system in the Brazilian state of Paraiba, beginning with the areas hardest hit by social risk.

Klein has been a faculty member at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, the University of Washington, Northwestern University, and Roosevelt University. He now joins the faculty of DePaul University.

Robert Spano, Music Director

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