Josh de Graaf was born in 1983, just outside of Melbourne in the lush and leafy Dandenong Ranges. The sound of the oboe, and sympathy for the duck in Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf at the age of three, inspired Josh’s love of the instrument, which he took up at the age of twelve. A graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts (2001-04) and the Australian National Academy of Music (2005-06), Josh's orchestral education was further enhanced by the Sydney Sinfonia, the Melbourne and Australian Youth Orchestras, and the Young Australian Concert Artists. He has performed in the oboe sections of most of Australia's professional orchestras and, in 2019, was invited to play with the Australian World Orchestra. Josh has been Associate Principal Oboe of Orchestra Victoria since 2007, and Acting Principal Oboe since mid-2018.
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Josh is married to a fellow oboe player who is also a midwife: together they have three children, two dogs, two budgies, and a rabbit!