Harold Emert

American-Brazilian Oboist and Composer

New York City born and educated and naturalized Brazilian oboist and composer, Harold Emert began his studies with Ronald Roseman (CUNY and Yale), Lois Wann (Julliard School of Music) and Harold Gomberg (NY Philharmonic), graduating with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree from the Aaron Copland School of Music (formerly Queens College in New York) earning his Master’s Degree (studies with Albert Goltzer, NY Philharmonic). In 1973 he earned an Artists’ Diploma from the Freiburg Hochschule fur Musik after two years of study as the first American-born student with Swiss virtuoso Heinz Holliger.

After playing with the American Symphony with Leopold Stokowski including as a soloist (Cimarosa Concerto) he took up positions with the South African Radio Broadcasting (SABC) Orchestra, solo English horn with the Israel Philharmonic with Zubin Mehta on tour of European festivals and Germany´s Saarbrucken Radio Orchestra.

He joined the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra in 1973 as first oboist touring Europe and the United States with Brazil´s leading Maestro, Isaac Karabtchevsky and played with such eminent conductors as Kurt Masur, Lorin Maazel, Rostropovich and Jean Pierre Rampal.

As an orchestra oboist, Emert has accompanied such great soloists as violinists Salvatore Accardo and Boris Belkin, pianists Martha Argerich, Nelson Freire, Claudio Arrau, flautist Rampal and cellist Rostropovich, as well as the three tenors, Pavarotti, Placido Domingo and Jose Carreras among others.

In 1977 his Trio Musica Viva with flautist Norton Morozowicz and pianist Norah de Almeida, debuted at what was then called Carnegie Recital Hall in New York to critical acclaim.

After twenty-three seasons in the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra, Harold joined Rio de Janeiro´s Municipal Theater Ballet and Opera Orchestra, was first oboist for one enjoyable season with OSPA, the Symphony Orchestra of Porto Alegre and officially ended his professional orchestral career after ten years in the National S ymphonic Orchestra (OSN).

He has performed recitals all over the world including all over Latin America, Southeast Asia Singapore, Hong Kong, India, Tahiti, Brunei, New Zealand and Australia and participated as a recitalist in six conferences of the International Double Reed Society (IDRS).

Emert has six solo CDs recorded, innumerous YouTube videos on his own channel and over sixty compositions including a double concerto for violin and oboe which was performed with his participation at the IDRS convention in Melbourne Australia.

His special interest is performing, recording, and promoting Brazilian music and composers.

He continues performing recitals in Brazil and as the first oboist of the Orquestra Rio Camerata.

Solo concertos:

Recordings :

Recording for films:


With the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra (and Maestro Isaac Karabchevsky):

Oboist and English Horn solist with the Orquestra Sinfônica Nacional – UFF (Maestro Ligia Amadio) Brazilian composers including

Radio MEC FM Lauro Gomes’ Program:

Pop Music:

Emert has taught at Rio´s Pro Arte Musica School, the Belas Artes Academy in Curitiba and at the Festivals of Curitiba and Londrina. His students in Brazil have included Alex Klein, formerly first oboe of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Rodrigo Rodrigues, professor at the Hanns Eisler Academy (Berlin), Pierre Descaves, soloist and oboist at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro orchestra, Lia Gandelman, former solo English horn at Rio´s Municipal Theatre, Magda Pompeu, Brazil´s National Orchestra and Fernando Tha, solo oboist of the Curitiba Orchestra and Thiago Duarte, of Rio´s Philharmonic Military Band.

Emert performed with Brazilian pianist Aleida Schweitzer and Richard Meek, American bassoonist, at the Petit Palais Rothschild (Brazilian Embassy) in Vienna, on 29 September 2022 a program with works by Sigismund Neukomm, an Austrian composer who resided in Rio de Janeiro (1815-1821) and Harold´s own composition “Corner Waltz.”