Adjunct Music faculty for oboe instruction here at UofR since 2006, Gus is additionally Principal Oboist of the Richmond Symphony.
He studied under the direction of Richard Woodhams at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. His major teachers include Alfred Genovese, Lois Wann, and John Ferrillo. Highstein has played with a number of American orchestras on oboe and English horn including the Minnesota Orchestra, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
Growing up in a family of musicians, he played regularly with his brother, mother, and grandmother and still enjoys playing with them whenever together. Highstein grew up in New York and Cape Cod. He has had the chance to travel the world through music, performing from Japan to France, from Scandinavia to Switzerland, and throughout the United States.