Han de Vries

Han de Vries

When I was fourteen years old and had only been playing the oboe for a year, I bought a disc which definitively marked my life next to this instrument. It was by “someone” named Han de Vries, I was blown away by the first bars of the Marcello concert: the beauty of its sound, the sensuality and the musicality of the way he “sang” with his oboe.

Many years later I got the chance to study with him during more than three years in the Sweeling Conservatorium of Amsterdam. Later on we have encountered each other in many occasions, and we’ve kept a warm personal relationship. This made it possible for me to bring him to give some Master Classes in the Barcelona Conservatory, in 2002, where together we played a trio sonata by Vivaldi in the closing concert.
 
Since his debut as a soloist in the Carnegie Hall of New York, in 1975, Han de Vries has played in the most important auditoriums around the world, and his discography holds more than 25 albums (star oboist of EMI). He is objectively one of the great oboists of the twentieth century.