Oboist, Nancy Ambrose King joins forces with the Prague Chamber Orchestra with conductor, Kypros Markou. The four concerti featured on this recording each hold a valued place in the oboe's literature individually, and combine in this CD to represent a 'Global Reflection'.
Moderato - Allegro 5:05 from Oboe Concerto by Lukas Foss
Total Playing Time: 1:05:25
Nancy Ambrose King - oboe
Nancy Ambrose King, oboe, is the first-prize winner of the Third New York International Competition for Solo Oboists, held in 1995. She has appeared as soloist throughout the United States and abroad, including performances with the St. Petersburg, Russia, Philharmonic, Prague Chamber Orchestra, Janacek Philharmonic, Tokyo Chamber Orchestra, Puerto Rico Symphony, Orchestra of the Swan in Birmingham, England, Festival Internacionale de Musica in Buenos Aires, New York String Orchestra, Amarillo Symphony, Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, and Sinfonia da Camera. She has performed as recitalist in Weill Recital Hall and as soloist at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. She has recorded eleven CDs of works for the oboe on Boston Records, Cala Records, Equilibrium, Naxos and Centaur Records. Recent releases include “IllumiNation” featuring concertos by Scott McAllister, Michael Daugherty, and Alyssa Morris; the “Halle” Trio Sonatas of G.F. Handel; “Global Reflections” recorded with the Prague Chamber Orchestra and featuring the works of Strauss, Skalkottas, Sierra, and Foss, as well as the premiere of Jennifer Higdon’s Oboe Concerto with the University of Michigan Symphony Band. She also recorded a Youtube video channel, “Trois Trios/Deux Duos” with colleagues Jeffrey Lyman, bassoon and Martin Katz, piano, and can be heard performing on the Athena, Arabesque, and CBS Masterworks labels. She was a finalist in the Fernand Gillet Oboe Competition held in Graz, Austria, and has been heard as soloist on WQXR radio in New York City and NPR’s “Performance Today”. She is on the faculty of the Sarasota Music Festival, has appeared as a recitalist throughout the world and was a member of the jury for the esteemed 2009 Barbirolli and the 2016 Muri, Switzerland Oboe Competitions. Ms. King has written a highly successful e-book for Apple I-Tunes titled “Making Oboe Reeds from Start to Finish with Nancy Ambrose King”.
Her playing has earned high praise from a variety of critics, including the American Record Guide: “Marvelously evocative, full of character, sultry and seductive, with a soft-spoken, utterly supple tone, and as musically descriptive as any I have heard…a fine exhibition of thoroughly musical oboe playing”; "She plays not only with delicacy, but also with an intense, almost rapturous sound that is second to none in expressivity and gradation. Delightful!". "...a lovely player with a tone that surpasses that of most other American oboe soloists. It defines delicacy, yet is strangely assertive, like a soft-spoken woman who nonetheless speaks up strongly when her mind is made up.", Fanfare: “Nancy Ambrose King is clearly a skilled musician of great promise, with a sterling technique”, and The Double Reed: “…thoughtful, expressive, and perfectly controlled performance of consummate accuracy. It’s not that she makes it sound easy-she makes it sound perfect”, "Ms. King's fluid technique, combined with clean and accurate articulations, makes the most complex passages flow and sounds effortless. Combine these aspects with a beautiful tone and a sensitive touch in the lyrical passages, all oboists have a new level to which to strive."
Currently Professor of Oboe and Chair of the Winds & Percussion Department at the University of Michigan, she was previously Associate Professor and University Scholar at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and served as the first female President of the International Double Reed Society. She is on the faculty of the Sarasota Music Festival. She has also served on the music faculties of Indiana University, Ithaca College, University of Northern Colorado, and Duquesne University Schools of Music, as well as the Idyllwild Music Festival, Bowdoin Music Festival, Marrowstone Music Festival, Strings in the Mountains of Steamboat Springs, and the Hot Springs Music Festival.
Professor King received her Doctor of Musical Arts, Master of Music, and Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music, studying with Richard Killmer. A graduate of the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Music degree where she studied with Arno Mariotti and Harry Sargous, Ms. King was the recipient of the school’s prestigious Stanley Medal and was honored with the 2010 Hall of Fame Award and the 2018 Harold Haugh Teaching Award by the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance.
Frances Colòn - oboe
Principal Oboist of the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra, Oboe Professor at the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music and Executive Director of the Frances Colón Foundation; Frances Colón is a woman who has made a mark in the music field at a national and international level.
Kypros Markou is professor and director of the University Symphony Orchestra. Additionally he is music director of the Dearborn Symphony Orchestra in Michigan and music director of the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra in Pennsylvania.
In addition to his conducting, Prof. Markou is an accomplished violinist, having studied with Ruggiero Ricci, and was a member of several chamber ensembles. He also holds the degree of Barrister at Law from Gray's Inn, London. In 1989 he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Music degree from Seton Hill University in Pennsylvania, and in 1994 he was named Distinguished Performing Artist of the Year by the Cultural Council of Greensburg, Pennsylvania.
PKO Prague Chamber Orchestra (PKO) among the four oldest chamber orchestras in Europe. It was created in 1951 and its history has not since then never been interrupted. He profiled as an orchestra called. Mozartian cast (34 musicians), who was able to play without a conductor. In the beginning of its existence focused mainly on the interpretation of older Czech music, classical music and early romanticism. Later in his repertoire also included songs of the 20th century and later began featuring completely new works by contemporary composers. Currently PKO made a number of premieres.
PKO quickly ranked among the most popular musical ensembles in the country a year after its inception guested on (if only a few years older) Prague Spring Festival. For more than 60 years of its existence played many thousands of concerts, of which up to December 2014, there are exactly 2,223 held abroad. PKO touring history is very rich: with the exception of Antarctica has performed on all continents - a total of 64 countries. Besides European tour (during which he visited all states except Albania) graduated ten tour of South America, sixteen in the US and Canada and nine in Japan.
The orchestra has worked with many big names of artistic personalities. For conductors that were, for example. Sir Charles Mackerras, Vaclav Neumann, Gerd Albrecht and Trevor Pinnock. Soloists can be mentioned among others Emil Gilels, Arthur Benedetti-Michelangeliho, Rudolf Buchbinder, Henryk Szeryng, Maxim Vengerov, Jessye Norman, Barbara Hendricks, Mischa Maisky, the Beaux Arts Trio, Ivan Moravec and Alice Sara Ott.
PKO has recorded countless titles for the company Supraphon, Denon, BMG, Decca, Telarc and more. In his extensive discography boasts a number of prestigious awards, such as "Supraphon Gold Disc" in 1987 for one million sold records, "Wiener Flötenuhr" or "Grand Prix du Disque" from the Académie Charles Cros.
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