James Riggs, Oboist - Photo Credit: Harrison Linsey

James Riggs


James Riggs is an oboe fellow of the New World Symphony and is the principal oboist of the Peoria Symphony Orchestra. He is formerly a member of Ensemble ACJW, a chamber ensemble under the auspices of Carnegie Hall. As an orchestral musician, he has frequently performed with the Metropolitan Opera and appeared as Principal Oboe of the New Jersey Symphony, the Juilliard Orchestra, Juilliard Opera, the New York Classical Players, the Oberlin Orchestra, and the Garden State Philharmonic. Mr. Riggs has performed as a soloist with the Peoria Symphony and the School at the Mark Morris Dance Center. He has also performed several concertos throughout the Tampa, FL area.

As a chamber musician, Mr. Riggs has been featured in recitals at Carnegie Hall, the Juilliard School, National Sawdust, SubCulture, Skidmore College, and at the Aspen Music Festival. During summers, he has been a five-time fellowship recipient at Aspen, and has been a member of St. Bart’s Music Festival, the Festival de Musica de Santa Caterina in Brazil, and the Bay Area Chamber Music Festival in Florida. He holds a Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School where he was a student of Elaine Douvas, and earned his Bachelor of Music degree from the Oberlin Conservatory under Robert Walters and Alex Klein. Born in Phoenix, Arizona, Mr. Riggs began his musical training on the clarinet at age 8 and took up the oboe a year later. He dedicates his free time to studying chess and trains in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, in which he has been awarded the rank of blue belt.

Photo credit: Harrison Linsey