Nancy Ambrose King

Nancy Ambrose King, oboe
Brief info

Nancy Ambrose King, oboe, is the first-prize winner of the Third New York International Competition for Solo Oboists, held in 1995. She has performed throughout the United States and abroad as concerto soloist with the St. Petersburg, Russia, Philharmonic, Prague Chamber Orchestra, Janacek Philharmonic, Tokyo Chamber Orchestra, Puerto Rico Symphony, Orchestra of the Swan in 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, Cala, Equilibrium, Naxos, and Centaur Records. Recent releases include “IllumiNation” featuring concertos by Scott McAllister, Michael Daugherty, and Alyssa Morris; “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 was a finalist in the Fernand Gillet Oboe Competition in Graz, Austria,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 titled “Making Oboe Reeds from Start to Finish with Nancy Ambrose King”.

Professor of Oboe at the University of Michigan, she was previously Associate Professor and University Scholar at the University of Illinois, and served as the first female President of the International Double Reed Society. She is on the faculty of the Sarasota and Round Top Music Festivals. 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 studying 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 and 2018 Harold Haugh Teaching Awards by the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance.