Dr. Alex Hayashi is a freelance oboist currently based in the Las Vegas area. Originally from Honolulu, Hawaii, Alex attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and earned his BM in Oboe Performance (2011). He went on to the University of Michigan, where he obtained his MM (2013) and his DMA (2016), both in oboe performance.
In addition to actively teaching lessons and masterclasses, Alex is principal oboe of the Henderson Symphony Orchestra, a member of the Emblems Quintet, based in Ann Arbor, and a founding member of Argentum Chamber Works in Las Vegas. During the summers, he serves as Oboe and Winds Faculty at the Clear Creek Music Festival in Halfway Oregon. Alex also has international performance experience at festivals and competitions in Japan, Austria, Switzerland, and the British Isles. He is a regular member of the TAD Wind Symphony, a wind band based in Tokyo, Japan and led by Takayoshi "TAD" Suzuki. Alex was recently invited to the 4th Barbirolli International Oboe Festival and Competition, where he received the Jennifer Elstub Memorial Prize for his rendition of the York Bowen Sonata.
Alex has recorded an album of Japanese composed oboe and piano works with University of Michigan faculty member, Dr. Matthew Thompson. Their CD, JAPONICA, is expected to release mid-2018.
Alex's primary teachers include Dr. Nancy Ambrose King, Dr. Stephen Caplan, and Susan Ochi-Onishi. In addition, Alex has studied with and participated in masterclasses with Alex Klein, Nathan Hughes, Rebecca Henderson, and Eugene Izotov, among others.