The New York Times cited Humbert Lucarelli as ďAmericaís leading oboe recitalist.Ē Bert, as heís known to his friends, has appeared as soloist with just about every major orchestra in the United States, South America, Europe, Australia and Asia. Heís also performed and recorded with conductors from Leonard Bernstein, James Levine and Georg Solti, to Igor Stravinsky.
Many important composers have written works for him, including John Corigliano. Mr. Lucarelli is the recipient of a Solo Recitalist Fellowship, Consortium Commissioning and Music Recording Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
He was the first American oboist to be invited to perform and teach at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China. Heís currently professor of oboe at The Hartt School in Hartford, The Steinhart School of Culture, Education and Human Development at NYU, and a faculty member of the Yale School of Musicís Chamber Music Festival in Norfolk, CT.
Bert Lucarelliís new book,We Canít Always Play Waltzes, published by Carl Fischer on The Masters Collection, is a fascinating compilation of conversations with the oboist over his important career.