Josef Hanic (1941-2023) - Oboist, Teacher, “Lover of Life”
The Double Reed community this year lost another Australian legend of teaching and playing with Joseph Hanic.
Born in Slovakia, he studied Oboe at the State Conservatorium of Music Bratislava (1956- 1961), becoming the Principal Oboe - Slovak National Theatre Orchestra (1961-65).
In 1969 he moved to South Africa and played in the PACT symphony orchestra Pretoria, returning to Europe he played in the Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden, Germany (1976), and in 1979 moved to Sydney to become an Oboe lecturer at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music for over 20+ years (1979-2001). As a teacher, he has a very large legacy of Australian and international players.
He was a founding member of the Sydney Wind Quintet (Residence at the Conservatorium of Music) and made several recordings and performed with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Australian Ensemble, Sydney
String Quartet, was the founding member of the chamber group ‘Ensemble Quattro’.
After retirement he taught oboe privately and at St Catherines College, Emanuel College, Newington College, Ascham School and Sydney Grammar.
His biggest loves were music, sports, coffee, eating food, and spending time with friends.
Joseph loved to travel and managed to visit many countries throughout Europe & Asia and the USA -which was always his dream as a child from Eastern Europe.
He was a Spiritual man with a passionate devotion to Jesus Christ who comforted him throughout his last years, playing oboe at church until his very last days.