Jeffrey Rathbun joined The Cleveland Orchestra as assistant principal oboe in 1990. From 2001 to 2003, he served as principal oboe. Prior to joining the Orchestra, he served in the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (1988 to 1990), San Francisco Symphony (1986 to 1988), Oakland Symphony (1984 to 1986), and Honolulu Symphony (1983 to 1984). Born in Lockwood, Missouri and raised in Texas, Jeffrey Rathbun began studying oboe in the fifth grade. He earned a bachelor of music degree from the University of North Texas, where he studied with Charles Veazey. He subsequently received a master of music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with John Mack, then principal oboe of The Cleveland Orchestra. Mr. Rathbun received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Cleveland Institute of Music in 2003 and from the University of North Texas in 2004.
Mr. Rathbun is a faculty member of the Cleveland Institute of Music, Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music, and Kent/Blossom Music. He also teaches masterclasses throughout the United States. He won first prize in the 1988 Lucarelli International Competition for Solo Oboe Players, held at Carnegie Hall. The Cleveland Orchestra has performed three of Mr. Rathbun’s compositions: Daredevil, Three Psalms of Jerusalem, and Motions for Cellos,the last of which was commissioned by The Cleveland Orchestra. Mr. Rathbun’s orchestral compositions have been conducted by Christoph von Dohnányi, Leonard Slatkin, Jahja Ling, and Franz Welser-Möst. His solo oboe album titled Color Factory is available at the Cleveland Orchestra store and dNote.com.