Christopher Gaudi is Acting Assistant Principal Oboe of the National Symphony Orchestra. Previously he served as principal oboe in the San Diego Symphony from 2007-2009, as guest principal oboe with the Atlanta and Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestras, has been a frequent substitute with the Metropolitan Opera, and has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Seattle Symphony. A student of Elaine Douvas and John Mack, Mr. Gaudi received both his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Juilliard School. He has participated in numerous festivals including Aspen, Kent / Blossom, Spoleto (Italy), the New York String Orchestra Seminar, and the Interlochen Arts Camp, and has presented master classes at the Colburn School and the Hidden Valley Music Seminars . He currently spends the summers performing with the Mainly Mozart Festival in San Diego and teaching at the Hidden Valley Oboe Seminar in Carmel, CA. A native of Jeannette, Pennsylvania, Mr. Gaudi studied first with Rise Kostilnik and later with James Gorton. He was a Pittsburgh Concert Society Young Artist Competition Winner in 2000.