Joshua Oates returned to Australia to take up the role of Principal Oboe of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra at the start of the 2020 season.
Until then, he had been studying towards a Master of Music in Saarbrücken, Germany with Philippe Tondre where he received full marks for his final recital. Before that, he was a fellow with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in 2016 and 17. During his time in Germany, Joshua played in the theatre orchestras of Aachen, Düsseldorf and Saarbrücken, as well as guest principal with Cappella Aquileia in Heidenheim. He has also played as guest principal in most of Australia’s professional orchestras.
Joshua’s undergraduate studies took place at the Elder Conservatorium of Music Adelaide with Celia Craig, where he graduated with first class honours. During his studies, he won many awards including the Helpmann Prize for performance in 2013 and was recipient of the Jiri Tancibudek and EMR scholarship. Joshua has appeared as a concerto soloist with the Adelaide Youth Orchestra and the Unley Symphony Orchestra and Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. He is also a keen recital and chamber musician, and had his premiere as solo artist at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music in 2023.