Born in Capua (near Neaples, Italy) in 1974, he gained his performer’s diploma in oboe in 1994 in the Conservatorio “San Pietro a Majella”, Napoli, going on to study with Paolo Pollastri and François Leleux. In 2000 he gained the Qualifica Professionale per Orchestra from the Scuola di Musica, Fiesole (FI).
He has played under such leading conducotrs as C. M. Giulini, G. Sinopoli, P. Bellugi, E. Inbal, P. Maag, O. Maga, V. Globokar, D. Gatti, L. Bakalov, G. Apap, G. Bertini, G. Ferro, A. Francis, V. Spivacov and G. Pretre and given concerts in Mexico, France, Germany, Holland, Slovenia, Croatia, Bulgaria, Norway, Sweden, Austria, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, performing in most of the major World venues, including the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Barbican Hall, London, Theatre de Chatelet and Theatre des Champs-Elysees, Paris, Teatro de la Zarzuela and Auditorio Nazionale de Musica, Madrid, La Maestranza, Siviglia, Shiller Theater and Konzerthaus, Berlino, Theater an der Wien and Musikverein, Vienna and the Opéra Royal,Versailles, Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City.
Having always been passionate about 18th century music, in 2002 Fabio D’Onofrio began to study philology and early instruments under the guidance of Pollastri, and in 2003 he attended courses taken by Martin Stadler at the 18th Internationalen Handel-Akademie, Karlsruhe. In 2005 he gained the Diploma di Specializzazione Orchestrale Barocca e Classica from the Academia Montis Regalis, Mondovì (CN). The same year he entered the class of Baroque oboe under Paolo Grazzi in the Dipartimento di strumenti antichi, Conservatorio di Verona, where he pursued his philological studies and gained the academic diploma, II livello, in Baroque oboe.
He has appeared as principal oboe with the European Union Chamber Orchestra, dell’Ensemble Matheus (Francia), Ensemble Philidor (Francia), Accademia Bizantina, Orchestra Barocca Italiana, Accademia Ottoboni, Romabarocca Orchestra, Concerto de’ Cavalieri, Verdi Barocca di Milano, Harmony of Nation Baroque Orchestra, Il Complesso Barocco, I Barocchisti, La Pietà de’ Turchini, Academia Montis Regalis, Le Concert d’Astrée (Francia), Bremer Barock Orchester, Orchester Wiener Akademie e Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra of Los Angeles. He has played under conductors and soloists of the calibre of Amandine Beyer, Ottavio Dantone, Claudio Astronio, Luigi Mangiocavallo, Enrico Onofri, Alessandro Tampieri, Alberto Grazzi, Alessandro De Marchi, Simon Phipps, Diego Fasolis, Alan Curtis, Jean-Christophe Spinosi, Martin Haselbock, Johannes Hiemetsberger, Ronald Brautigam, Giuliano Carmignola e Emmanuelle Haïm.
He currently teaches baroque and classical oboe at the Conservatory of Naples.
He has recorded for Naive, Virgin Classics, Raitrade, Fondazione Amadeus, Classic Voice, Brilliant, Arcana, Stradivarius and Deutsche Harmonia Mundi.
He is currently principal oboe with “Orchester Wiener Akademie”, “Bremer Barock Orchester” and founder member of the Baroque music Ensemble “RUAH”.