On October 13, 2017 the oboe world lost one of the great singing artists of the late 20th Century, Rowland Floyd. Rowland was the principal oboist of the National Arts Centre Orchestra for its first 25 years and concurrently a part-time professor of oboe at UOttawa School of Music. He was also the last student to have studied with the legendary teacher and oboist Marcel Tabuteau. He was the spouse of UOttawa School of Music professor of piano and fortepiano Cynthia Millman Floyd, who also served as director of the School for many years and who passed away in 2011. Conductors built programs, recordings and tours around Rowland’s incredible tone and musicianship. His oboe solos pierced the hearts of all who heard him.
There will be a tribute to this great artist on Friday, December 1, 2017 from 2:00-5:00 in the Salon of the National Arts Centre.
– Charles Hamann