At age 19, oboist Gabe Young has been performing professionally for over half of his life. From busking on the street corners of Southern Oregon as a small child to performing sold-out concerts in world-class venues across the United States, Russia, and England, Young has continued to develop his musical prowess in a variety of styles, including classical, jazz, Klezmer, and Celtic.
Born and raised in Ashland, Oregon, Young began playing saxophone at a very early age. A member of a musical family, he picked up the oboe in the fifth grade, excited by the opportunity to play in an orchestral setting. Young spent eight years in the Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon, and while studying at Ashland High School was named to numerous all-state and regional ensembles. He was the four-time Oregon State Solo Competition champion and was named to the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America in both 2013 and 2014. It was on consecutive tours with the NYO-USA that he had the honor of performing under the batons of famed conductors Valery Gergiev and David Robertson, and alongside renowned violin soloists Joshua Bell and Gil Shaham.
Young is now a student of Linda Strommen at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, where he is a Wells Scholar.