The four works featured on this disc are written for solo oboe and orchestra or chamber ensemble by American composers, each of which represents a similar style of descriptive, picturesque, and illuminating music with a popular flair. It is a synthesis of American contemporary music of popular appeal, with virtuosic and soulful writing ideally suited to the oboe by critically acclaimed composers.
Ann Arbor Camerata, Oriol Sans - Conductor, Victor Minke Huls - Conductor
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 nine CDs of works for the oboe on Boston Records, Cala Records, Equilibrium, Naxos and Centaur Records. Recent releases include “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 and a Youtube video channel, “Trois Trios/Deux Duos” with colleagues Jeffrey Lyman, bassoon and Martin Katz, piano. She can also be heard in performances 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 Oboe Competition and the 2016 Muri, Switzerland Competition. 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”.
Ann Arbor Camerata
The Ann Arbor Camerata is Ann Arbor's resident chamber orchestra dedicated to bringing exciting musical performances to diverse audiences throughout our community. We strive to provide a flow of artistic programs that only a chamber ensemble of our size and versatility can offer, spanning from music of the classical eras to new world-premiers of works by promising modern composers. As a modular ensemble, we pledge to expand our outreach by performing and educating at various new venues and performance spaces to engage the many music loving communities of Ann Arbor.
Oriol Sans joined the conducting faculty at the University of Michigan as assistant professor of Music in the Department of Conducting in 2015. His responsibilities include music director of the University Philharmonia Orchestra, director of the Contemporary Directions Ensemble, and teaching conducting. A native of Catalonia, Spain, Sans studied orchestral and choral conducting at the Barcelona Conservatory, receiving the school's Honors Award in both specialties upon graduation. Following his training in Spain, Sans brought his studies to the United States with maestro Kenneth Kiesler at U-M, where he received his masters degree in orchestral conducting and his doctorate in musical arts.
Victor Minke Huls holds a Bachelor’s of Music degree in Cello Performance from the University of Michigan and is now pursuing two Master’s Degrees, both in Cello and in Orchestral Conducting. He co-conducts the Ann Arbor Camerata with his colleague Jacobsen Woollen, and is a vigorous advocate for new music. The son of a violinist Max Huls and cellist Linda Minke, Victor Huls was home schooled and learned music from his parents. His mother served as his primary cello teacher into High School, his father giving musical inspiration. In 2010, Huls moved to Boston for his senior year where he studied with Michael Reynolds of the Muir String Quartet and Boston University. He attended the Walnut Hill School for the Arts in conjunction with New England Conservatory's Preparatory division. As assistant principal of the Youth Philharmonic Orchestra with guidance by maestro Benjamin Zander, Huls performed the ninth symphonies of Dvorak and Mahler in Prague and Vienna in 2011. His studies in Boston included a string quartet which performed in the Fischoff Competition, as well as numerous chamber performances in Jordan Hall.