Dwight Parry is the principal oboist of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. In 2006-2007, he held the same position with the San Diego Symphony and before that was a fellow in the New World Symphony under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas.
He has performed as guest principal oboist with the New York Philharmonic, the Atlanta Symphony, the Los Angeles Opera, and the Deutche Symphonie of Berlin. Originally from Southern California, he began studying piano and voice at an early age, but it was not until his sophomore year of high school that he started playing the oboe. Mr. Parry received his Bachelor's degree at the University of Southern California studying with Allan Vogel and his Master's degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music studying with John Mack.
Although passionately devoted to orchestral performance, Mr. Parry has a special affinity for performing as a soloist, both with orchestra and as a recitalist. Concerto appearances have included works by Mozart, Strauss, Bach, Albinoni, Marcello, and Vaughn-Williams. As an advocate of contemporary music, he has participated in numerous premieres including those of five new works featuring the oboe, all of which were written expressly for him by different composers.
He has performed with the Ojai Music Festival and is featured in soundtracks to several Hollywood movies. He is currently a member of the ground-breaking Cincinnati-based chamber players group, concert:nova. In addition to performance, Mr. Parry has a great interest in pedagogy. He serves as adjunct faculty at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and maintains his own private teaching studio.