Emanuel Abbühl has been Principal Oboe of various orchestras including the Basel Symphony Orchestra and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, and is guest Principal Oboe for the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Among others he was invited to join as principal and soloist by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Amsterdam Concertgebouw and Sinfonieorchester des Bayrischen Rundfunks. In 2006 he was appointed Senior Principal Oboe with the London Symphony Orchestra.
He has been teaching at the Academy of Music at Rotterdam, the Musikhochschule Mannheim and at the Royal Academy of Music London. Among others he has given masterclasses at the Conservatoire Superieur de Paris and Lyon, the National Academy in Melbourne, the Art Centre in Seoul, the UNAM in Mexico and the Royal Academy of Music London.