Slava Znatchenii has been called “a beautifully crafted musician” by The Met Opera Guild and the New York Times has noted Mr. Znatchenii for his shapely sound and velocity. The Times Union has described his oboe solos in the Brahms Requiem as “exquisite” and TheaterScene.net praised his playing for being “notably strong and expressive”. He has appeared as guest Principal Oboist with such orchestras as the New England Symphonic Ensemble at Carnegie Hall, the American Ballet Orchestra and DiCapo Opera Orchestra. Slava Znatchenii has served as the Principal Oboe of Chamber Orchestra of New York since the fall of 2007.
Most recently, Mr. Znatchenii became the principal oboist with the Classical Concert Chamber orchestra and toured extensively throughout Spain, France and several other European countries. As a member of the Verbier Chamber Orchestra in 2007, Mr. Znatchenii has toured throughout North America and Europe under the direction of Maxim Vengerov as soloist and conductor. Slava has also performed with such conductors as Pierre Boulez, Kurt Mazur, Leonard Slatkin, David Robertson, Samuel Wang, John Mauceri and John Rutter.
A native of Moldova, Slava Znatchenii started his musical studies at the age of 10.He completed his Bachelor degree at the Mannes College of Music and holds a Masters and a Post Graduate Degree in Orchestral Performance from Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Joseph Robinson, the principal oboist of the New York Philharmonic and Steven Taylor, the principal oboist of St.Lukes orchestra and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Slava also studied English Horn performance and chamber music with the renowned English Hornist Thomas Stacy, also of the New York Philharmonic. Currently, Slava Znatchenii resides in New York City where he also enjoys an active chamber music career and maintains a private teaching studio.