A native of Southern California, Ted Sugata has been a member of the Sarasota Orchestra in Florida and principal oboist with the Lyrique en Mer Opera Festival in Bell-lle, France. He has played in orchestras throughout the U.S. with ensembles such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Opera, San Diego Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Long Beach Symphony and the Pasadena Symphony. Also active as a chamber musician, he is a member of the Calico Winds, a resident woodwind quintet with the Glendale Noon Concerts.
Sugata was born and raised in Northridge, Calif. and started playing the oboe at age 13. He continued his studies with Joseph Robinson at the Manhattan School of Music and with John Mack at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he received a Master of Music degree in 2002. Sugata recently completed a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in oboe performance at USC under Dr. Joel Timm. During the summer, he has performed as a fellow with the Tanglewood Music Center, National Repertory Orchestra and at the Music Academy of the West.
In addition to performing, Sugata is a dedicated teacher, maintains a private oboe studio and is on the faculty at the Idyllwild Arts summer session and Chamberfest. He and his wife also have a son.