Malcolm Messiter
Oboes, Music, Inventions, Model Helicopters

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Malcolm on a hot day in Mauritius

Try these MP3 files:

Pasculli's La Favorita             1st Movement (5.6 Meg)
Pasculli's La Favorita             2nd Movement (6.1 Meg)

A CD of Pasculli's La Favorita and other recordings is available from T. W. Howarth of London


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Oboe Information

Malcolm Messiter Oboe

... Malcolm Messiter exercised an almost hypnotic sway over his audience with his flawless timing, the eloquent beauty of his phrasing and scintillating agility... Daily Telegraph, London

Born in 1949, Malcolm began playing the oboe in 1964 at Bryanston School. Quite soon after that, he decided to become a musician, and not a doctor after all.

He ran a series of chamber music concerts every Wednesday evening without exception at school, and took part in many concerts around Dorset.

In 1967, he won a scholarship to the Paris Conservatoire of Music, where he studied with Pierre Pierlôt. When Pierlôt left the Conservatoire, Messiter returned to the Royal College of Music in London to continue his studies with Sydney Sutcliffe. There he won the Joy Boughton prize, the Grade 5 prize, the R.A.O.S. medal and a Performers' A.R.C.M. with Honours.

Malcolm was appointed principal oboe in the BBC Concert Orchestra at the age of only 22. After 5 years, he left to become principal oboe in the London Mozart Players. He was a joint-winner of the 1978 Leeds International Musicians' Platform. As the number of solo engagements escalated, Malcolm had to reduce his orchestral playing. As soloist, Malcolm has recorded for BMG, RCA, Deutsche Grammophon, ASV, Hyperion, Arte Nova Classics and the BBC as well as a great many British and foreign radio and TV stations. He is the oboe in Mike Oldfield’s “Tubular Bells”, and for many years played with the Amadeus Quartet all over Europe. He was the oboe soloist on the theme to BBC TV’s “The Secret Garden”, as well as a regular performer on radio and television world-wide.

Lionel Markson, reviewing for Records & Recording stated.... an astounding display of virtuosity such as I have never heard before from an oboist. Bewildering velocity of fingers and tongue, phenomenal breath control, harmonics and the upward extension of the oboe's range a fourth beyond its 'highest note', F in altissimo, are allied to rhythmic vivacity and exuberant showmanship. Yet, we hear ravishing tone and a musician's sensibility. After my first encounter with the British oboist Malcolm Messiter I can best describe him as the ‘Heifetz of the oboe’.

Messiter has played as soloist in more than 55 countries, and is also a busy arranger of music for chamber groups, and for orchestras including the BBC Concert Orchestra, The English Chamber Orchestra, the Radio Orchestra of Cologne and the London Festival Orchestra.

At the moment Malcolm is working on a new edition of all six Zelenka trio sonatas, and has recently applied for a Patent for his invention of a device to clean the air of all particulate pollutants using an unprecedented method. Auto-focus spectacles are also now under development.

During the 1980s, Malcolm wrote, for fun, an MS-DOS communications software application in 8086 assembler called “Trans-Send” which for a decade or so was bundled with most modems sold in Europe, in 14 languages.

Malcolm currently plays principal oboe with the London Festival Orchestra, The English Classical Players, the Thames Chamber Orchestra, among others.

At the end of May this year he will tour South America for several weeks with the London Festival Orchestra. Malcolm is featured as concerto soloist in every concert.

For relaxation, Malcolm enjoys flying aerobatic radio controlled model helicopters in national competitions, and for the taking of aerial photographs.

In the Telemann Concerto we heard an oboist of great stature. The intensity of sound that he coaxed from his instrument was astounding. Oslfrissen Zeitung, Oslo

Marcello's Concerto had Malcolm Messiter as oboe soloist. His flawless technique and amazing breath control and sheer pyrotechnical display was a joy to hear. El Tiempo, Buenos Aires

Messiter...phenomenal! The Times, London

Messiter's control of tone quality and dynamics was amazing. He used sounds that fit each turn of phrase. It was obvious that he conceived the qualities in advance that best suited his musical purpose, and then through the use of his phenomenal technical skill, brought them into being. The Tribune, Tulsa

There is no question Messiter plays the oboe like a wizard. He can do just about anything he wants with the instrument, including producing notes without any apparent source of air... The Gazette, Montreal

....Messiter is a supreme master of his oboe. ...The phrasing and the pyrotechnics involved had to be heard to be believed. Unless witnessed, it is almost impossible to believe that such wizardry can be achieved on the oboe. No wonder that Messiter has earned the title of "Heifetz of the oboe"... Rand Daily Mail, South Africa

The Pied Piper is an Oboist! Messiter was decidedly the evening's phenomenon; he was – in other words – the incredible oboist from whose instrument emanated some of the most exquisite musical sounds imaginable. Daily Express, The Philippines


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