James Roe Artistic Director
Helicon PerformancesSymposium 87 - AMERICA
Symposium 81 - English Song
Helicon Gala at Kosciuszko
Symposium 50 - Poulenc’s Centenary
Symposium 39 - A 20th Century French Salon
Oboist, JAMES ROE, was appointed Artistic Director of The Helicon Foundation in 2006, succeeding Helicon’s founder, Albert Fuller.
He made his Lincoln Center concerto debut the opening the 2004 Mostly Mozart Festival, and in 2009 he performed Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Oboes in D Minor in Carnegie’s Zankel Hall with The Little Orchestra Society. In his second season as Acting-Principal Oboe of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, he is also Co-Principal Oboe of The Knights, and a member of The Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra. He has appeared as guest-principal oboe and solo English horn with The Metropolitan Opera, The Orchestra of St. Luke’s, American Composers’ Orchestra, American Ballet Theater, and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. During the 2004-2005 season, he served as Principal Oboe of the Houston Grand Opera.
Festival appearances include the 2010 May Festival at Beijing’s National Centre for the Performing Arts, The Opening Festival of Zankel Hall, The Lincoln Center Festival, Dresden Music Festival, Aguascalientes (Mexico), Caramoor, Manchester, Moab, Tanglewood, Downtown NYC River to River Festival, and BAM Next Wave Festival. His solo recordings include Alec Wilder’s “Air for English Horn, Strings and Percussion,” and Seymour Barab’s “Dances for Oboe and Strings,” which Fanfare Magazine praised as “glowing and utterly captivating.” Additionally, he has recorded for Sony (2001 Grammy Award, Musical Theater), Decca (2008 Grammy nomination, Best Classical Crossover), Atlantic, Nonesuch, Koch, Bridge, and Vox.
Mr. Roe is a member of the award-winning Zéphyros Winds with whom he concertized widely across the United States. Zéphyros has been presented four times by Lincoln Center, including the “Great Performers Series,” and has performed at major venues including Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, The Library of Congress, Wolf Trap, Duke University, Tannery Pond, The Movado Hour at New York’s Baryshnikov Art Center, Da Camera Society of Los Angeles, Skaneateles Festival, and NPR’s “Performance Today.”
Mr. Roe has toured extensively as a guest artist with The Imani Winds, and given master classes, lectures, and coached chamber music at The Eastman School, Idyllwild Arts Academy, The Juilliard School, The Mannes School of Music, The Manhattan School of Music, SUNY Stony Brook, and The Yale School of Music, among others around the country. He regularly appears with An die Musik in New York City.
In the popular music world, Mr. Roe has performed with Sir Elton John, James Taylor, Tony Bennett, Metallica, Vanessa Williams, Andrea Bocelli, and Audra McDonald. He has performed on Saturday Night Live, and appears in a music video of Shania Twain. In 2006 he appeared in Carnegie’s Zankel Hall with Canadian singer-song writer Jane Siberry.
A native of Northern Michigan, Mr. Roe comes from a family comprising four generations of small-town preachers. For ten summers, he worked on a 500-acre cherry farm to put himself through music school, eventually moving to New York City in 1990. There, he attended The Juilliard School as a student of Elaine Douvas where he earned a Masters degree and studied chamber music and performance practice with harpsichordist, Albert Fuller. He also holds a Bachelors of Music with High Honor from Michigan State University, where he studied with Daniel Stolper and was a Presser Scholar.