Interview with Ron Cohen Mann.
Oboist of the month of november.
In Medina Reeds we are extremely happy to introduce you our new oboist of the month: Ron Cohen Mann (@oboeron). This amazing oboist brings brightness, professionalism, and optimism through their social media, especially their Instagram and YouTube channels. We love everything you post Ron!
We could say a lot about Ron but instead, we recommend you take a look at their website and biography here: https://www.oboeron.com/.
Interview with Ron Cohern Mann:
- When exactly did you start playing the oboe? I started playing the oboe in June of 2005. I played flute and piano before that. I was fortunate to start right away with a teacher who helped me navigate the challenges of reeds, intonation, and tone production.
- Why did you choose this instrument? I chose the oboe due to its unique sound. It’s so evocative and heart-wrenching. Even today I am totally wowed hearing world-class oboe playing.
- How much time do you dedicate to the oboe every day?
- Is there any oboist or musician that especially inspires you? All my former teachers have inspired me. They each have their own approach to the oboe and music-making. I feel lucky to have had such wonderful mentors in my life: Beth Orson, Sherry Sylar, and Stephen Taylor.
- What do you find the most difficult thing about playing the oboe? Mendelssohn 3. I can’t tell you why, but I find it to be about the least fun excerpt to play. It seems like even if I play it in my practice room 100 times perfectly in a row, it still feels dicey in an audition.
- You are very active in IG and YT, why so? What is what you like the most about it?
- Have you experienced any curious anecdote related to your studies as an oboist? Yes! I have a funny story when I recently was doing some research about fictional characters that play a musical instrument for Wilfrid Laurier University, where I teach. I was googling all sorts of phrases like “fictional bassoonists” when I found an old reddit post about bassoon fanfiction, including a story about a bassoonist that had to collect different color reeds like in a recent Avengers movie. I thought this was the funniest things I had ever read, and never thought in my life someone would write double reed-related fanfiction. If you are the author of this post, thanks for the laugh!
- What is the most important thing for you in the oboe reeds? For me, the reed must be up-to-pitch with good response. What good is a beautiful tone if you can’t enter quietly on a low C#, or feel that your phrasing is inhibited by a reed that doesn’t speak?
- What do you like most about being an oboe educator? I’ve always felt passionately about teaching. I come from a family of teachers: my mother and grandmother were both teachers. Seeing my students make progress and doing their best to apply knowledge gained in their lessons is the best feeling. I love helping players come closer to reaching their expressive and technical goals.
- Anything you would like to share with Medina Reeds readers?
Thank you very much for your time, Ron!