Title: Associate Lecturer and Musician
Jack Cozen Harel is the oboist of the Solaris Quintet and serves on the faculty of the University of Akron. Named Best Classical Soloist by Downbeat Magazine, Mr. Harel has been an exclusive Yamaha Performing Artist since 2008. Jack has also won the Leni Fe Bland Competition,Yamaha Young Performing Artist Competition and the Eckstein Grant. He is presently the oboe teaching artist for the Los Angeles Philharmonic and has taught at the California Institute of Technology, Long Beach College, and Northwestern University. Additionally, Mr. Harel holds the Guinness World Record for "Fastest Oboe Playing.” This record was set by performing all 409 notes of Rimsky-Korsakov's “Flight of the Bumblebee” in a time of 26.1 seconds.
Mr. Harel began his professional career at age 18 as the second oboist of the San Francisco Sinfonietta. He later served as co-principal oboist with the Sinfonietta before leaving his post to pursue further study and a solo career. Jack holds degrees from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Northwestern University, where he served as teaching associate to the oboe faculty. Mr. Harel also holds an Artist Diploma from the Colburn School, where he was the first oboist ever accepted to the prestigious conservatory program. His teachers include John de Lancie, James Moore, William Bennett, Grover Schiltz, and Allan Vogel.