Rainer Gibbons

Section Leader Oboe

Rainer grew up in Auckland, New Zealand and Toronto, Canada and had a musical epiphany at the age of six when he heard the oboe on the soundtrack of the 1984 Milos Forman film, Amadeus.

Rainer studied in New Zealand, Australia and Europe and names Jeffrey Crellin, Klaus Becker, Kai Frömbgen and Ole Kristian Dahl as important influences on his playing. Rainer’s work before joining the CBSO includes section leader oboe in the Malmo Symphony Orchestra, and appearances as guest principal oboe in the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.

The opportunity to perform Strauss and Mozart oboe concertos with Andris Nelsons, the Lucerne Festival residency in 2012 and Das Lied von der Erde with Sir Simon Rattle in 2011 are amongst Rainer’s personal highlights with the CBSO. He also cites the complete Firebird at the Proms in 2009 and the residency in New York in 2008 amongst his top five.

When not absorbed in classical music through his work in the CBSO, Rainer listens to music from other genres and is a particular fan of the Canadian band Rush, Peter Gabriel and the music of American band Toto spanning the 1970s-90s.