Mariano Esteban Barco - Principal Oboe

The Spanish oboist Mariano Esteban Barco was born in 1994 in the town of Calanda in the region of Aragón. At the age of ten, he became a junior student with Vicente Llimerá Dus and Miguel Enguidanos Tomas in Valencia. He completed his Bachelor’s degree at the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía in Madrid under Hansjörg Schellenberger and Víctor Ánchel.

Early on, Mariano Esteban Barco won first prizes at Spain’s national youth music competition. His most recent competition successes include participation in the semifinals of the 66th ARD International Music Competition in Munich in 2017 and 2nd prize at the VII. International Oboe Competition “Giuseppe Tomassini” in Italy.
He gained orchestral experience with the National Youth Orchestra of Spain, the European Youth Orchestra, the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra and the West Eastern Divan Orchestra with Daniel Barenboim.

He moved to Germany to study with Gregor Witt, and a year later he received his first contract as principal oboist at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. Since then he has played with renowned orchestras such as the Hamburg State Opera, the Staatskapelle Dresden, the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Israel Philarmonic, Staatskapelle Berlin and Konzerthaus Berlin.

As a soloist, Mariano Esteban Barco has appeared with the Valencia Symphony Orchestra, the Norddeutsche Philharmonie Rostock, the Rostov Symphony Orchestra (Russia), the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra and the Munich Chamber Orchestra. His debut at the Philharmonie Berlin with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester in the Mozart Concerto is worth mentioning.

Since April 2022 he has been principal oboist of the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin (RSB). He is currently studying for a Master’s degree at the Hanns Eisler University of Music Berlin with Dominik Wollenweber and Viola Wilmsen.