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Artist Biography
Leslie Reed Oboe
Leslie Reed is principal oboe of L.A. Opera,the Long Beach Symphony and the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra. Ms. Reed has played principal oboe as a guest with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Pasadena Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group, Xtet, the Orchestra of St. Luke's and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra.

She was invited to join the Los Angeles Philharmonic as acting associate principal oboe for the 1994-95 season, which included tours of Europe, Asia and the Eastern United States. She was associate principal oboe of the Carmel Bach Festival for ten years and has performed extensively as solo oboe with the Camerata Pacifica. In addition she has appeared at the La Jolla Summerfest and the Ojai Festival. Ms. Reed was a First Prize winner in the 1985 Coleman Competition and a finalist in the 1988 Burt Lucarelli International Competition for solo oboists.

Ms Reed has appeared as soloist many times with local ensembles performing the oboe concertos of Mozart, Marcello, Vaughan-Williams and Vivaldi. Most recently she performed the Richard Strauss oboe concerto with the Long Beach Symphony together with the World Premiere of acclaimed film composer David Newman's Concerto for Wind Quintet and Orchestra.

Ms. Reed has been instructor of oboe at the Colburn School of Performing Arts since 1987. Her students have gone on to attend the Eastman School of Music, Manhattan School of Music, Julliard School, U.S.C. Thornton School, Interlochen Arts Academy, Music Academy of the West, Tanglewood and the Aspen Music Festival.

Ms. Reed is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music. Her principal teachers have been Wayne Rapier, William Criss, John Mack and Allan Vogel.