Meet the Orchestra

Curtis Foster

Oboe

Curtis Foster, Baroque oboe and recorder, whose playing has been praised for its “brilliantly introverted charm” (Seattle Times), has appeared with many of North America’s most respected early music ensembles, including the Handel & Haydn Society, the Seattle and Pacific Baroque Orchestras, Arion Baroque, and Victoria Baroque Players. He has also performed with Portland Baroque, American Bach Soloists, Les Boréades, and Mercury Baroque. In the summer, he can typically be found performing and teaching at various festivals, including the Oregon Bach Festival, Vancouver Bach Festival, Victoria Baroque Instrumental Academy, Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, and the Whidbey Island Music Festival.

An enthusiastic advocate for music of our own time, Curtis regularly commissions and presents new works by contemporary composers for old instruments. An equally dedicated pedagogue, Mr. Foster teaches Baroque oboe as part of the Baroque Orchestra Mentorship Programme at the University of British Columbia, and is regularly invited to present workshops and masterclasses around the US and Canada. He can be heard on recordings from ATMA Classique, Naxos, Coro, Cedille Records, and IU Press.

Originally hailing from Wichita, Kansas, Curtis holds degrees from Wichita State University and Indiana University’s Early Music Institute. He also has a passion for restoring and repairing antique and vintage oboes and other woodwinds, having studied instrument repair at Renton Technical College.