Hailed as “an aristocrat of his instrument” (Los Angeles Times) and “undoubtedly one of a few world masters” (San Diego Union), Allan Vogel is one of America’s leading wind soloists and chamber musicians. Allan joined the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra in 1972 and became principal oboe in 1974. He has appeared as soloist with orchestras throughout the country and has been featured at the Marlboro, Santa Fe, Aspen, Mostly Mozart, Summerfest, Sarasota, Oregon Bach, Music@Menlo and Chamber Music Northwest festivals.
Allan has been guest principal oboe with the Boston Symphony Orchestra for concerts in the major European capitals, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center and Boston Symphony Hall. He has also performed with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the Berlin and Los Angeles philharmonic orchestras. Allan is a frequent guest with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and has toured Japan several times. He also performed at the White House during the last state dinner of the Clinton presidency.
His discography includes two solo recordings on the Delos label: Bach’s Circle (Baroque sonatas), and Oboe Obsession (virtuoso romantic works), which has been called “the single finest disc of oboe music ever recorded” by American Record Guide. He has also appeared on the Nonesuch, Dorian, and RCAlabels and has recorded Bach cantatas with Helmuth Rilling. In 2003, he recorded the Bach Concerto for Oboe and Violin with Hilary Hahn and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra under music director Jeffrey Kahane for Deutsche Grammophon.
Renowned for his performances of the Baroque literature, Allan serves on the advisory board of the American Bach Society and is a member of Bach’s Circle Baroque Ensemble. He is on the faculty of the California Institute of the Arts, the University of Southern California and the Colburn Conservatory of Music. He graduated from Harvard with a BA in literature, won a Fulbright Grant to study in Germany and received a DMA from Yale.