Charles “Chip” Hamann was appointed to the principal oboe chair of Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra in 1993 at the age of 22. Mr. Hamann is also Adjunct Professor at the University of Ottawa School of Music and the oboe instructor at the National Arts Centre’s Summer Music Institute. He is a frequent guest principal oboist with some of the world’s finest ensembles, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and Québec’s Les Violons du Roy.
Charles is a member of the National Arts Centre Wind Quintet, comprised of principal players of NACO. Their disc of music for wind instruments by Camille Saint-Saëns with pianist Stéphane Lemelin for the Naxos label was awarded an Editor’s Choice award from Gramophone Magazine. Mr. Hamann will record a CD of works for oboe and piano by Canadian composers with pianist Frédéric Lacroix in July, 2016.
Born in Lincoln, Nebraska, Charles Hamann pursued his early studies at the Interlochen Arts Academy and National Music Camp at Interlochen, Michigan. He was awarded a Bachelor of Music and the prestigious Performer’s Certifi cate from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY in 1993, where he was a student of Richard Killmer.