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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?"
Jennifer Paull is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous 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 ...more

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Age: 71

Profession: Publisher, Musician, Lecturer, Author Oboist

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#35 on The Greatest Oboists of All Time

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Lindsay Cooper is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Female Oboists
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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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#30 on The Greatest Oboists of All Time

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Julie Fowlis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Female Oboists
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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: 36

Birthplace: North Uist, Scotland

Profession: Musician, Flautist, Oboist, Singer Presenter

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#41 on The Greatest Flautists of All Time

#58 on The Greatest Oboists of All Time

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Ariana Ghez is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Female Oboists
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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: 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 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Female Oboists
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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: 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 ...more

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Age: Died at 97 (1911-2008)

Birthplace: England

Profession: Oboist

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#21 on The Greatest Oboists of All Time

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Katherine Needleman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Female Oboists
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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: 37

Profession: Oboist

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#11 on The Greatest Oboists of All Time

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