French oboist, organist, teacher and composer, Charles Colin (1832-1881) studied at the Paris Conservatoire where he won many prizes. Colin then went on to lead a successful musical career and his wealth of experience led to the composition of Famous Solos for Competitions, which remain highly regarded to this day.
Significantly, the entire compilation of Famous Solos for Competitions was performed 1983 by Oboe students at the University of Washington. The first solo, Colin's Opus 33 is challenging for the advanced oboist. The work addresses many technicalities, including complex rhythms, a range of articulation, variations in performance directions, dynamics and time signatures, ornamentation and wide range, among other aspects. For all aspiring, advanced Oboe players, Colin's Famous Solos for Competitions is an essential addition to the repertoire, providing excellent audition and competition pieces.