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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 was of Scottish and Welsh descent. Jennifer Paull is an oboe d'amore soloist. Her career has been spent in researching, and commissioning from living composers, works for all the rare members of the oboe family, the oboe d'amore in particular. Her aim was to make this virtually forgotten instrument into a contemporary recital voice, not simply of the Baroque era with which it was mostly ...more

Age: 73

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#31 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 Cutler and Sally Potter, and co-founded the Feminist Improvising Group. She wrote scores for film and TV and a song cycle Oh Moscow which was performed live around the world in 1987. She also recorded a number of solo albums, including Rags, The Gold Diggers and Music For Other Occasions. Cooper was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in the late 1970s, but did not disclose it to the musical ...more

Age: Died at 62 (1951-2013)

Birthplace: Hornsey, London, United Kingdom

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#32 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

Age: 38

Birthplace: North Uist, Scotland

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#66 on The Greatest Flautists of All Time

#50 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 graduate student at Temple University under Richard Woodhams. She served as principal oboist of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra during the 2005-2006 season. As of 2006, she has been the principal oboist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. She recently joined the faculty of the Colburn School and is a regular guest faculty member at the Aspen Music Festival and School. ...more

Age: 38

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