Dwight Parry has been the principal oboist of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra since his appointment in 2007. Previously, he held the same position with the San Diego Symphony and was a Fellow with the New World Symphony. He has performed as guest principal with orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, the Korean Broadcasting Symphony, and the Deutsches Symphonie of Berlin. He received his Master's Degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music with John Mack and his Bachelor's Degree from the University of Southern California with Allan Vogel and David Weiss.
Parry is a Loreé Artist. He performs and teaches internationally in concertos, recitals, masterclasses, and chamber music. Past appearances have featured the works of Mozart, Goossens, Haydn, Bach, Strauss, Barber, and Françaix. In May 2022, Parry premiered an oboe concerto written for him by Guillaume Connesson, performed with Louis Langreé and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.
Parry is Adjunct Assistant Professor of Oboe at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and holds faculty positions at the Interlochen Center for the Arts and the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival in South Africa. He was a judge and featured performer in the 2018 Sony International Oboe Competition in Tokyo and will return as a judge for the 2023 competition.
This is his first appearance at PMF.