The Kennedy Center

William Wielgus



Biography

William Wielgus joined the oboe section of the National Symphony Orchestra in 1990 on the invitation of Mstislav Rostropovich after serving as English horn of the Oklahoma Symphony and Principal Oboe with the South Bend Symphony. He has also held academic positions at West Virginia University and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He earned degrees from Indiana University, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and an Artist Diploma from the University of Cincinnati. His principal teachers include Ray Still, Jerry Sirucek, and Marc Fink. Wielgus has also appeared at many summer festivals, including Aspen, Spoleto, and Tanglewood. He also has developed several children's programs for the Kennedy Center including Magical Mozart, Who's Got the Melody?, and The Tale of Teddy and the Ten Hats.

As Co-Prinicpal Oboe of the Eclipse Chamber Orchestra  he has performed as soloist in works of Honneger, Strauss, Bach, and Ben-Haim. He may be heard as first oboe on their two recordings on the Naxos label featuring music of Florian Gassman and Mark Adamo.

Wielgus also serves as Artistic Coordinator of Teatro Lirico of DC, an organization which promotes the performance of Hispanic music in the Washington DC area and is woodwind coach for The Capitol Symphonic Youth Orchestra.

Wielgus is currently collaborating with the Conservatories of Lima and Trujillo in a project to commission, perform, and record oboe music of Peru and is a frequent participant in the "Musica No Museu" series in Rio de Janeiro.
William Wielgus