Marc Schachman was born in Berkeley, California, and attended Stanford University and the Juilliard School, where he was awarded B.S, M.S., and D.M.A. degrees. One of the world’s leading performers on early oboes, Mr. Schachman is a founding member of some of America’s foremost period instrument chamber groups – Aulos Ensemble (1973), Amadeus Winds (1983), and Helicon Winds (1994). He has performed as principal oboist and soloist with virtually all of this country’s “original instrument” orchestras, including Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Handel and Haydn Society and Boston Baroque (Boston), American Classical Orchestra (New York), and Smithsonian Chamber Orchestra (Washington, D.C.).
His numerous recordings cover a wide variety of styles and genres, and include the Mozart oboe quartet and Bach cantatas (Harmonia Mundi), the Mozart oboe concerto (Musicmasters), concerti and chamber music of Bach, Handel, Telemann, and Vivaldi with the Aulos Ensemble (MHS/Musicmasters), Bach’s Brandenburg concerti, orchestral suites, and B minor Mass (Telarc), wind music of Mozart and Beethoven (L’Oiseau Lyre, Sony) and most recently, the Schumann romances for oboe and piano (Helicon), which the New York Times described as “pure magic.”
Schachman has served on the faculties of Vassar College and the Baroque Performance Institute at Oberlin College, and he currently teaches in the Historical Performance Division at Boston University. He has given workshops and master classes at Juilliard School and Curtis Institute of Music, and at colleges and universities throughout the United States. He has performed at festivals worldwide, including Spoleto, Edinburgh, Göttingen, Perth, Tanglewood, Ravinia, and Mostly Mozart. Schachman performs on the modern oboe, with the New York Chamber Soloists and the Orchestra of St. Lukes.