Alex Klein

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Alex Klein
Born1964 (age 59–60)
Porto Alegre, Brazil
Occupation(s)Professor [citation needed]

Alex Klein (born 1964, Porto Alegre) is an oboist.

Klein joined the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as principal oboe at age 30 in 1995.[1] He won the 2002 Grammy Award for Best Instrumental soloist with Orchestra for his recording of Richard Strauss' Oboe Concerto with Daniel Barenboim and the Chicago Symphony.[2] He left the Chicago Symphony in July 2004 due to musician's focal dystonia which had begun within two years of his assuming the first chair. During a tour of the Far East with the orchestra, he found his fingers would no longer allow him to play at his finest level throughout a symphony by Tchaikovsky, and asked to resign.[1] In June 2016, he was once again appointed principal oboe of the Chicago Symphony.[3] However, he was denied tenure in the CSO in April 2017 as a result of not passing the mandatory probation period.[4]

In October 2018, Klein was appointed principal oboe of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra.[5]


  1. ^ a b Wakin, Daniel J (November 3, 2005). "Oboist Afflicted By Hand Trouble Enjoys Reunion With Chicagoans". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-03-21.
  2. ^ "Alex Klein". Recording Academy. Retrieved March 10, 2024.
  3. ^ von Rhein, John (June 25, 2016). "Oboist Alex Klein to return as CSO principal". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved June 13, 2020.
  4. ^ von Rhein, John (May 25, 2017). "CSO principal oboe Alex Klein is denied tenure". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved May 26, 2017.
  5. ^ Alex Klein (October 15, 2018). "Facebook post". Facebook. Retrieved February 10, 2019.

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