Bio

Oboe Fusion – performing on oboes, vocals and keyboard, this group has a spontaneous performance style and a musical profile like no other!  The band has their own renditions of music by George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Gilbert and Sullivan, a special arrangement of “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” music from the Golden Age of television, classical works by Beethoven and Mozart, Handel’s Water Music and more!  They have appeared in New York City at Lincoln Center, at Town Hall, and at the Catch a Rising Star Comedy Club. The individual members of the group have appeared with major orchestras across the country, in many Broadway productions and recordings.

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Marilyn Coyne, oboe, English horn, vocals  - Marilyn Coyne divides her time between performing on both coasts of the United States.   A native of California , Marilyn has been a member of the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra for many years. While living in San Francisco during the ballet season Marilyn also performs with the San Francisco Symphony and many groups in the Bay Area. During the rest of the year Marilyn lives and freelances in New York City playing for groups such as American Ballet Theatre, American Symphony, the New York Pops, the New York Symphonic Ensemble, the Bronx Arts Ensemble, and the New Jersey Symphony. She has also played with many chamber music groups including the Blue Door, Apple Hill and at the Moab and Grand Canyon Music Festivals.  Marilyn studied with Ray Still and Marc Lifschey and received her BM from Northwestern University.  She also attended the Juilliard School of Music where she was a full scholarship student in the performance degree program.

Blair Tindall, oboe - Grammy-nominated oboist Blair Tindall penned Mozart in the Jungle, now an award-winning Amazon Studios comedy series of the same name.  She enjoys a musical career ranging from the classical stage of Carnegie Hall to the late-night ambiance of New York's famed Blue Note Jazz Club, and after presenting a critically acclaimed Weill Recital Hall debut, she captured a top prize in the Lucarelli Competition for Solo Oboists.  A busy classical artist, Blair has appeared both at home and abroad with the New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, and the Orchestra of St. Luke's. She was contracted solo oboist of the Broadway productions of Les Miserables, Aspects of Love, Man of La Mancha and Miss Saigon.  CD Review lauded her performance as “the most moving moment” of the soundtrack to Spike Lee’s Malcolm X.”  Blair is a graduate of Manhattan School of Music, Columbia University, and Stanford University.

Thomas Gallant, oboe - Award-winning artist Thomas Gallant is one of the world’s few virtuoso solo and chamber music performers on the oboe.   Mr. Gallant has been praised by the New Yorker magazine as “a player who unites technical mastery with intentness, charm and wit.”  He is a First Prize Winner of the Concert Artists Guild International New York Competition.  His performances have taken him to Avery Fisher Hall and the Frick Collection in New York City, to Washington, DC, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, to the Spoleto Festival in Italy, and to the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center and Cleveland Chamber Music Society.  He has appeared as guest soloist with the Kronos Quartet at the Ravinia Festival and has collaborated with flutist Jean-Pierre Rampal, with Cuarteto Casals, the Colorado, Calder and Lark Quartets, Cuarteto Latinoamericano and with the Adaskin String Trio.  Recent and upcoming performances include a concert of solo and chamber music works for the oboe at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, and tours across the United States as soloist with Camerata Bariloche from Argentina performing concerti by J. S. Bach, Bellini and Vaughan-Williams.  Mr. Gallant is the Artistic Director of Frisson and a member of Ensemble Schumann.