A Wisconsin native, Kathy Halvorson is a sought-after oboist in New York City. She has been principal oboe of the Symphony Orchestra de Minería in Mexico City, and formerly played oboe and English horn in On The Town on Broadway. She has performed with the American and New Jersey Symphony Orchestras, the Argento Ensemble, Alarm Will Sound, the Jupiter Chamber Players and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, as well as principal oboe with the Berkshire Opera and the Northeast Pennsylvania Philharmonic, and is Principal Oboe with Opera2005 in Cork, Ireland. She has also recorded 12 CDs as Principal Oboe with the Toronto Chamber Orchestra under Kevin Mallon and Nicolas McGegan. In 2012 Kathy founded the West Side Chamber Orchestra, dedicated to performance on modern instruments of music of the Enlightenment. They released a CD of Harpsichord Concertos with Christopher Lewis on the Naxos Label in 2013. Kathy’s own arrangements and improvisations on pop, jazz, folk and world music can be heard on the CDs Unraveled and Palette with her oboe trio Threeds.
Kathy studied at the New England Conservatory of Music and at the Royal Conservatory in the Netherlands with Bart Schneemann where she performed for six years with the Netherlands Wind Ensemble, the Rotterdam Philharmonic, and the Calefax Reed Quintet. Kathy has also worked with the Mingus Epitaph, jazz bassoonist Michael Rabinowitz, and Bjork.
“No praise is sufficient for the oboe playing of Kathy Halvorson” – Richard Dyer, The Boston Globe