The recital debut of Denis Harper (oboe) at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall was met with great acclaim. The New York Times stated "Mr. Harper has a clean, tapered, and exquisitely lovely tone... his phrasing is elegant and he can float a tune with the best of them." A student of Laurence Thorstenberg and Ralph Gomberg, both formerly of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, he received a B.A. in Music from Yale University, where he studied with Robert Bloom. Harper has frequently appeared as a soloist, as in the West Coast premiere of Nicolas Verin's Miroirs deformants for oboe and tape at UC Berkeley's Center for New Music and Audio Technologies. He is Principal Oboe of the Modesto Symphony and a member of the Oakland East Bay Symphony, where a recent performance of Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique prompted San Francisco Classical Voice to praise his "plangent English horn [as] a notable pleasure."

[from program for March 18, 2013 concert]