Biography

Oboist Andrew Nogal is a fearless solo performer and sensitive chamber musician equally at home with avant-garde contemporary works and the mainstream classical repertoire. Performing with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra MusicNOW ensemble, experimental jazz collective the Tomorrow Music Orchestra, Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra, and Ensemble Dal Niente, Nogal is heard regularly in concert halls across the Chicagoland area and beyond. He was also a founding member of the wind quintet The City of Tomorrow, which was awarded the gold medal in the senior wind division of the 2011 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.

Ensemble Dal Niente was awarded the Kranichstein Music Prize – the highest possible honor for performers – at the 2012 Darmstadt International Summer Courses for New Music. Nogal is the first oboist ever associated with this prestigious prize, which has been awarded since the 1950s.

At the invitation of Grammy-winning innovators eighth blackbird, Nogal performed at the Ojai Music Festival 2009. He has also performed at the Astoria Music Festival in Oregon and under the direction of Pierre Boulez at the Lucerne Festival. Nogal has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Oregon Symphony, Tulsa Symphony, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band. Nogal’s Carnegie Hall debut was a 2006 concert conducted by Saint Louis Symphony music director David Robertson. Nogal has led master classes and coached chamber music at institutions including the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Williams College, and Midwest Young Artists.

In May 2010, Andrew Nogal gave the world premiere of Rob Keeley’s Concerto for Oboe/English horn and Strings with Ensemble Dal Niente (Michael Lewanski, conductor). Other composers with whom Nogal has worked include Brian Ferneyhough, Kaija Saariaho, John Adams, Oliver Knussen, John Corigliano, Augusta Read Thomas, Bernard Rands, Dai Fujikura, and John Zorn. His musical interests extend far beyond the realm of classical art music. He has performed with groups including DeVotchKa, Deerhoof, and the Portland Cello Project.

Nogal’s primary teachers include Grover Schiltz, Michael Henoch, and Ray Still. He has also studied with members of the Ensemble InterContemporain and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Outside his career as a performer, Nogal worked as an intern for Performance Today at American Public Media in Saint Paul, Minnesota, from 2007-8. Nogal earned two Bachelors degrees – one in Music Performance, the other in Art History – from Northwestern University, where he completed a Masters degree in Music Performance in 2010. Since 2011, he has been the adjunct instructor of oboe at Loyola University Chicago.

Nogal plays oboes made by A. Laubin in New York.

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