Hideaki Okada was born in 1970. Beginning his musical studies in Japan, Mr. Okada moved to Montreal in 1986 to study with Bernard Jean at the Conservatoire de musique de Montreal.
At the age of 18, he was appointed second oboe in the L’orchestre des Jeunes des Quebec and played for 1 year. In 1993 he received his Bachelor of Music from The Juilliard School where he studied with John Ferrillo.
After that, Mr. Okada went to study with Richard Woodhams at Temple University. In 1995, he was appointed Principal oboe in Osaka Philharmonic and played 4 years before moving to San Antonio Symphony as an Assistant Principal oboe and 2nd oboe.
He is the recipient of many awards including “Winner of the Concerto Competition” at Temple University (and performed Mozart Oboe concerto with the Temple orchestra), 3rd prize of the Fishoff Chamber Competition, and runner-up in the Juilliard Concerto Competition.