Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Mark Debski is a second-year Oboe Fellow at the New World Symphony. Prior to joining NWS, he was Principal Oboe of the Richmond Symphony for two seasons. As an orchestral musician, Mr. Debski has made guest appearances with the Boston Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic and The Philadelphia Orchestra. Additionally, he was the Principal Oboist for two consecutive years at the Carnegie Hall New York String Orchestra Seminar under the direction of Jaime Laredo.
Mr. Debski made his solo debut in 2015 as an undergraduate with the unconducted New England Conservatory Chamber Orchestra, having won first prize in the NEC Concerto Competition on the Mozart Oboe Concerto, K. 314. A devoted chamber musician, he was a member of the Richmond Symphony Woodwind Quintet, as well as the NEC-based Jordan Wind Quintet, which was named an NEC Honors Ensemble in 2016. During the summer, Mr. Debski is the second oboist at the Britt Music Festival in Medford, Oregon. Past summer activities include Aspen Music Festival, Spoleto Festival U.S.A., and two summers as an Oboe Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center.
Mr. Debski began studying the oboe at age 10, and went on to study with Scott Bell and Harold Smoliar, both of the Pittsburgh Symphony. He earned an undergraduate degree from the New England Conservatory in 2017 where he was a student of John Ferrillo and Anne Marie Gabriele. While at NEC, he was awarded the Presser Foundation’s Undergraduate Scholar Award for outstanding achievement in music.
When he is not making reeds, Mr. Debski enjoys speaking Spanish and Italian, reading, hiking and travelling.