Katherine Needleman

Katherine Needleman


Katherine Needleman won the IDRS’s Gillet Competition in 2003 and their Inaugural Commissioning Competition in 2020. She gave the US premiere of Ruth Gipps’ Oboe Concerto with the Richmond Symphony, a work which Needleman found to be languishing unplayed since its London premiere eighty years ago. She gave the West Coast premiere of Christopher Rouse’s Oboe Concerto; Rouse chose Needleman to make the premiere recording with the Albany Symphony. Needleman premiered and recorded Kevin Puts’ oboe concerto, Moonlight, with the Baltimore Symphony. Needleman gave the US premiere of Brenno Blauth’s Concertino as soloist and conductor with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. During the COVID-19 lockdown, she presented a series of eleven weekly solo oboe recitals to an online audience of more than 75,000 and growing. She curates Coffee, Patisserie, and Classical Music at An Die Musik, exploring the connection between composer and performer and focusing on historically under-programmed music.

Recital Chamber – IDRS Commissions


IDRS 50 for 50 Commissioning Project – 2021 Commissioning Competition Tuxedo – Copper and Ivory Mask by Hannah Kendall Roberta Benjamim, Oboe; David Korevaar, Piano Dancing at Daybreak by Victor Márquez-Barrios Shawn Jones, Contrabassoon; David Korevaar, Piano Kinnah by Katherine Needleman Jason Lichtenwalter, English Horn; David Korevaar, Piano To Earth by Roydon Tse Stephanie Patterson, […]

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Opening Gala


Open to the public – Purchase Tickets (Ticket included with conference registration.)   IDRS 2022 Conference Festival Orchestra Gary Lewis, Conductor Titus Underwood, oboe Concerto for Oboe and Orchestra – Ulysses Kay (1917-1995) I. Allegro II. Lento III. Allegro Kathleen McLean, bassoon “Big Booster” for solo bassoon and strings (2017/revised 2021) – Chiel Meijering (b. 1954) Big […]

Bassoon Concerto Opening Gala Oboe Performance
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