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  • LAPA
  • Aug. 24, 2006
  • Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic have announced the appointment of Ariana Ghez to the post of Principal Oboe. Ghez has served as Principal Oboe of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and the Santa Fe Opera, and she joins the Los Angeles Philharmonic for the opening of the 2006/2007 season.

    "I am thrilled to be joining Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. I believe that the LA Phil is truly unique among American orchestras in that it is carving out a domain for classical music in the future with Salonen's fabulous musicianship and programming, the Green Umbrella Series, the stunning Walt Disney Concert Hall, and the superlative artistry of the LA Phil musicians. I am honored to be joining this great orchestra and look forward to contributing to its musical future," said Ariana Ghez.

    Ariana Ghez joins the Los Angeles Philharmonic as Principal Oboe beginning in the 2006/2007 season. She has recently performed as guest principal oboe with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic. Prior to her appointment in Los Angeles, she was principal oboe of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and the Santa Fe Opera as well as principal oboe of the Haddonfield (NJ) Symphony, and second oboe of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia.

    As a soloist, Ghez has performed with the Rochester Philharmonic, with members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra at Bargemusic (Brooklyn, NY), and with Paula Robison at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. An avid lover of chamber music, Ghez spent three summers at the Marlboro Festival in Vermont, and has performed with Chamber Music Rochester and the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. Her other chamber music engagements have taken her to Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, as well as the Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum in Boston.

    A lover of new music, Ghez has performed Carter's ASKO concerto at Weill Recital Hall with Oliver Knussen, and collaborated with pianist Leif Ove Andsnes in the "Andsnes Project" at Carnegie's Zankel Hall, for music by Kurtag and Ronnefeld. She has performed at numerous festivals including the Tanglewood Music Center, Kent/Blossom, Spoleto Festival USA, and on tour with the UBS Verbier Festival Orchestra with James Levine and Paavo Jarvi.

    Ariana Ghez holds a bachelor's degree in English Literature from Columbia University, where she was enrolled in the Columbia/Juilliard School joint program and studied with John Mack and John Ferrillo. She pursued graduate studies at Temple University, in Philadelphia, where she studied with Richard Woodhams and was an oboe teaching assistant.

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