Bobby Nunes is the newly appointed Principal Oboe of the Sarasota Orchestra. Bobby has performed with many orchestras across the country including the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. As a soloist, Bobby was the winner of the 2018 Juilliard Oboe Concerto Competition, resulting in his performance of the Strauss Oboe Concerto with the Juilliard Orchestra with Sir Mark Elder conducting. Bobby was also the winner of the 2021 Aspen Music Festival Concerto Competition.
Before joining the Sarasota Orchestra, Bobby spent one season as acting Principal Oboe of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. Bobby completed his professional studies certificate at The Colburn School in Los Angeles as a student of Eugene Izotov, and his bachelor’s degree at The Juilliard School where he studied with Elaine Douvas. Bobby has been a member of the New York String Orchestra Seminar in Carnegie Hall and was awarded fellowships at the Tanglewood Music Center, Music Academy of the West, and Aspen Music Festival.
Originally from Phoenix, Bobby began his oboe studies with Martin Schuring and served as Principal Oboe of the Phoenix Youth Symphony for three years. As a member of Carnegie Hall National Youth Orchestra (NYO-USA) for two consecutive years, he toured China in 2015 under the baton of Charles Dutoit, as well as Europe in 2016 under Christoph Eschenbach and Valery Gergiev.