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Kathryn Greenbank Appointed Minnesota Orchestra Associate Principal Oboe

Music Director Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra announced today that Kathryn Greenbank has been appointed to the position of Associate Principal Oboe.

Greenbank is currently the principal oboe of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, a position she has held since 1982, and has been performing with the Minnesota Orchestra throughout the 2017-18 season as Acting Associate Principal Oboe. She will move into the permanent Associate Principal Oboe role in September at the beginning of the 2018-19 season.

"My colleagues and I are thrilled that Kathy is joining the oboe section here at the Minnesota Orchestra,” said Principal Oboe John Snow. “Her work ethic and beautiful playing set the bar very high and she will serve as an inspiration for everyone in the orchestra."

Profile: Kathryn Greenbank
Kathryn Greenbank has been the principal oboist of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra (SPCO) since 1982. She frequently performed as soloist with the SPCO and has been featured on many of their recordings including Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin, Stravinsky’s Pulcinella and Dvořák’s Serenade in D minor for Winds. Greenbank and the SPCO gave the world premiere performance of American composer Jennifer Higdon's Oboe Concerto, which was commissioned for her by the Minnesota Commissioning Club.

Greenbank has performed as guest principal oboe with the Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Milwaukee and Baltimore Symphony Orchestras and has also played with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Symphony, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Kansas City Symphony and Kansas City Chamber Orchestra. She has performed in many chamber music festivals around the country, including the Marlboro Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Grand Teton Music Festival, Sarasota Music Festival, Alpenglow Chamber Music Festival, Grant Park Music Festival, Salt Bay Chamber Music Festival, Music in the Vineyards and Music@Menlo, where she is featured on their CD The Unfolding of Music II. She was also involved in a project to record the six Trio Sonatas of Jan Dismas Zelenka.

Greenbank served on the faculty of the University of Minnesota, and continues to maintain a small private teaching studio. In addition, she has coached and led master classes for the New World Symphony. She is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with John de Lancie. Her other teachers include Louis Margaglioni, Richard Woodhams and Richard Killmer.


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