Photo by Todd Rosenberg
Eugene Izotov has been appointed principal oboe of San Francisco Symphony, beginning with the 2015-16 season. He is leaving Chicago, where is currently principal, to accept this job. His previous positions were principal oboe of the Met orchestra and associate principal of SFS. (Yes, he is a returnee, and not the only one in the orchestra.) He succeeds the late William Bennett.
Here's a prediction: Jonathan Fischer will stay in Houston, where he was appointed principal oboe during the 2012-13 season, opening up the associate principal chair of SFS. (Another nod here to acting associate oboe Chris Gaudi, who subbed for Fischer during 2012-13, then stepped up to acting principal after Bennett died. He has done a fine job at both spots.)
Updated: I removed a really embarrassing error, in which I mistook Erik Behr for Izotov in Susanna Malkki's program. Behr did sound darned good, but I misidentified him.