Alex Klein began his musical studies in his native Brazil at the age of nine and made his solo orchestral debut the following year. At eleven, he was invited to join the Camerate Antiqua, one of Brazil’s foremost chamber ensembles. During his teenage years, he toured and performed as a soloist, recitalist and as a member of several professional orchestras in Brazil. His two degrees in music performance are from the Oberlin Conservatory under the guidance of James Caldwell.
After his first year at Oberlin, Mr. Klein won first prize in the first Lucarelli International Competition for Solo Oboe Players held at New York’s Carnegie Hall. He has received many additional awards worldwide, including one at the 1988 International Competition for Musical Performers in Geneva, Switzerland in which he was the first oboist to be awarded first prize since Heinz Holliger three decades earlier.
Mr. Klein joined the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as principal oboe in 1995. He has performed as soloist with the Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Orchestra de la Suisse Romande, the Chicago Sinfonietta and at the Woodstock Mozart Festival in 1997. His recordings are on the Teldec, Boston Records, Newport Classics, Musical Heritage Society and Cedille Records labels.
Winner of the 2002 Grammy Award for the Best Instrumental Soloist with Orchestra for his recording of the Richard Strauss Oboe Concerto with the Chicago Symphony, he left the Symphony two years later due to the onset of Musician’s Focal Dystonia. He currently performs as soloist and conductor, and also teaches.