Max Blair

Max Blair is the recently appointed associate principal oboe of the Pittsburgh Symphony. He has performed with The Cleveland Orchestra, The Metropolitan Opera, the Buffalo Philharmonic and was a fellow at the New World Symphony. He received his master's and bachelor's degrees from the Juilliard School as a student of Elaine Douvas and Nathan Hughes, respectively. An avid chamber musician, he has performed regularly in Juilliard ChamberFest, the New World Symphony's “Musician's Forum” series, and with a trio that performed in health care facilities throughout New York City. Blair has spent recent summers at the Marlboro, Verbier, Aspen and Spoleto USA music festivals.

While living in New York City, Blair was active in the freelance scene; some highlights include performances of Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf with members of the Metropolitan Opera, Schoenberg's chamber reduction of Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde in Carnegie Hall with the Blue Period Ensemble and Vaugh-Williams' Blake Songs in Trinity Wall Street Church.

Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, Blair began playing the oboe at age 14. Prior to Juilliard, he studied with Oregon Symphony members Karen Wagner and Marty Hebert. In his free time, Blair studies the game Go, plays ice hockey and takes drawing classes.