Ron Cohen Mann
Ron Cohen Mann (he/they), a.k.a. oboeron, brings brightness and optimism to his personal brand of social media with his popular Instagram and YouTube channel. Ron has been hailed as the "Jonathan Van Ness of the oboe" (CBC Music) and proudly projects his queer identity as a role model for LGBTQ youth. Ron is a frequent recitalist, new music proponent, orchestral musician, and teacher based in Toronto. He was recently named on CBC’s 30 Hot Canadian Classical Musicians under 30. Ron is a Howarth Artist and plays on a Howarth XL oboe.
Inspired by the variety of sounds and colours of the oboe, Ron is passionate about advancing the instrument as a solo voice in recitals and chamber music. His solo debut at Carnegie Hall was with harpist Noël Wan, as featured artists in the Yale in New York series. As a winner of the Yale Chamber Music Competition, he performed the monumental Prokofiev Quintet on the subscription Oneppo Chamber Music Series; he has also performed the iconic Nielsen Quintet at Jazz at Lincoln Center. At the Orford Festival, he shared the stage with Alex Klein, James Campbell, and Stéphane Lévesque. At the Brott Music Festival, he was a featured soloist for Brandenburg Concerti Nos. 1 & 2.
Ron was a prizewinner at the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal Manulife Competition, and the winner of the Yamaha Young Performing Artists Competition and Ben Steinberg Musical Legacy Award. Additionally, he was a semi-finalist in the Houston Symphony Ima Hogg Competition.