Joseph Salvalaggio

Canadian oboist, Joseph Salvalaggio began his training at the Interlochen Arts Academy and studied at McGill University, The University of Toronto, the Royal Conservatory of Music as well as a year of private study with Richard Killmer at the Eastman School funded by a career grant from the Canada Council for the Arts. He has held faculty positions at Canada’s Interprovincial Music Camp and the Sewanee and Hot Springs Summer Music Festivals.

In demand as a soloist and chamber musician, Mr. Salvalaggio has been invited to perform at the Conventions of the International Double Reed Society in Alberta, North Carolina, Texas, Indiana and Georgia and has been heard on CBC Radio national recital broadcasts from Toronto’s Glenn Gould Studio and Ottawa’s National Arts Centre. In his time with the Memphis Symphony he has performed as soloist in works of Albinoni, Bach, Mozart, Strauss and the world premiere of the Eric Ross Oboe Concerto. His playing has inspired new works for the oboe by Lothar Klein, Beverly Lewis, Prix Italia winner, Christos Hatzis and Elizabeth Raum’s Phantom Drum, premiered for CBC Radio with the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra. Other solo appearances include the Monroe Symphony, the Fayetteville Symphony, the Kitchener Waterloo Chamber Orchestra, the North York Chamber Orchestra, the Windsor Symphony and the Britt Classical Festival Orchestra.

Joseph has appeared as guest Principal Oboe with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Key West Symphony and on tour with the National Ballet of Canada. He has also performed with the Kingston Symphony, the Canadian Opera Company and Montreal’s Nouvel Ensemble Moderne. He has held positions with the Thunder Bay and Windsor Symphonies and currently plays Principal Oboe with the Memphis Symphony and Oregon’s Britt Classical Festival.

Since 2013, Mr. Salvalaggio has been the¬†Creative Director of Babu Press, a design firm that performs literacy-based classical music storybooks for young audiences. Commissions include works for the Memphis Symphony, the Florida Orchestra, the National Endowment for the Arts Big Read Festival for the Germantown Performing Arts Centre and Ireland’s Walled City Music Festival where he has spent two summers in residency funded in part by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

Apprentice application:

Mozart, “Oboe Concerto,” exposition
Ravel, “Tombeau de Couperin,” mvt.1 Prelude beginning to figure 2 and figure 8 to 9
Brahms, “Violin Concerto,” mvt 2. adagio beginning to measure 32