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Famous Female Oboists

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List of famous female oboists, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest female oboists list contains the most prominent and top females known for being oboists. There are thousand of females working as oboists in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic oboists have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a female aspiring to be a oboist then the people below should give you inspiration.

List features Katherine Needleman, Jennifer Paull and more people.

While this isn't a list of all female oboists, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous female oboists?" and "Who are the best female oboists?"


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    Jennifer Irène Paull is a musician, publisher, lecturer, and author. Jennifer Paull was born in Liverpool, England, 24 November 1944, as Jennifer Irène Schulcz. Her father changed the family name when she was 5. He was born in the Hungarian speaking regions of the Austro–Hungarian Empire. Her mother was ...more

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    • Age: age 71
    • Profession: Publisher, Musician, Lecturer, Author, Oboist
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    Lindsay Cooper
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    Lindsay Cooper was an English bassoon and oboe player, composer and political activist. Best known for her work with the band Henry Cow, she was also a member of Comus, National Health, News from Babel and David Thomas and the Pedestrians. She collaborated with a number of musicians, including Chris ...more

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    • Age: Died at 62 (1951-2013)
    • Birthplace: Hornsey, London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Musician, Oboist, Composer
    • Credits: The Gold Diggers, Murders Most Foul
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    Julie Fowlis
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    Julie Fowlis is a Scottish folk singer and multi-instrumentalist who sings primarily in Scottish Gaelic.more

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    • Age: age 36
    • Birthplace: North Uist, Scotland
    • Profession: Musician, Flautist, Oboist, Singer, Presenter
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    Ariana Ghez is an American classical oboist. She pursued her undergraduate studies at Columbia University where she majored in English literature, and at the Juilliard School, where she studied with John Mack and John Ferrillo. She was enrolled in the joint program between the two schools. She was a ...more

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    • Age: age 36
    • Profession: Oboist
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    Diana Doherty is an Australian oboist, currently Principal Oboe with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.more

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    • Birthplace: Brisbane, Australia
    • Profession: Oboist
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    Elaine Douvas has been Principal Oboe of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in New York City since 1977. She is also Instructor of Oboe and Chairman of the Woodwind Department at The Juilliard School. She also serves on the faculty of Mannes College The New School for Music in New York City, the Bard ...more

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    • Age: age 63
    • Profession: Oboist
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    Evelyn, Lady Barbirolli OBE was an English oboist, and the wife of the eminent conductor Sir John Barbirolli. She was born Evelyn Rothwell, and was known professionally by that name until after she was widowed, when she became known as Evelyn Barbirolli. She rose to fame at a time when there were very ...more

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    • Age: Died at 97 (1911-2008)
    • Birthplace: England
    • Profession: Oboist
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    Katherine Needleman is the principal oboist of the Baltimore Symphony orchestra, USA. She studied under Richard Woodhams at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, graduating at age twenty. She was the first prize winner of the Gillet-Fox International Oboe competition in 2003. Ms. Needleman ...more

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    • Age: age 37
    • Profession: Oboist
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    Christina Joyance Boughton was the daughter of English composer Rutland Boughton and artist Christina Walshe. She died in 1963 in tragic circumstances. She was taught oboe by Léon Goossens and attended the Royal College of Music from 1929 to 1937 at which, for a short while before her death, she was a ...more

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    • Age: Died at 50 (1913-1963)
    • Profession: Oboist
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    Katharine Elinor Margaret St John is an English musician, vocalist, composer, record producer, and arranger. She plays the oboe, saxophone, accordion, piano and cor anglais.more

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    • Age: age 58
    • Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Oboist, Singer
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    Elizabeth Koch is an oboist and principal oboe of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. She joined the ASO in the fall of 2007, and was granted tenure January 2009. She is a native of Buffalo, New York. Her teachers were Richard Woodhams and Daniel Stolper. She was a student at the Curtis Institute of Music ...more

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    • Age: age 29
    • Profession: Oboist
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    Carolyn Pollak

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    • Profession: Oboist
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