Profile picture Kelsey Maiorano
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Kelsey Maiorano


Professional activities:

  • Business management
  • Music teaching
  • Oboe

Hobbies and interests:

  • Music facilitation
  • Research



Kelsey Maiorano is acting principal oboe of the City Light Orchestra and recently won an internship with the Berner Sinfonieorchester for the 2020/21 season. She was co-principal oboe of the Zürcher Symphoniker from 2017 to 2019. She has also had the pleasure of collaborating with the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Basel Sinfonietta, Theater Basel, and the Lucerne Festival Academy and Alumni orchestras. She has had the privilege of working with renowned conductors Riccardo Chailly, Simon Rattle, Péter Eötvös, Matthias Pintscher and Lionel Bringuier, among others. As a chamber musician she performs with Ensemble Phoenix Basel, the Intercontinental Ensemble (Netherlands) and Opera Lab Berlin, as well as the Holliger Ensemble of the Lucerne Festival Academy. In 2018 she was the second prize winner (no first prize given) of the L. Vebra International Oboe Competition (Lithuania), as well as having received both the third prize of the NSAL Woodwind Competition (USA) and an honorable mention in the Yamaha Young Performing Artists Competition (USA) in 2014. She has performed as a soloist on various occasions throughout Switzerland and the Americas. Kelsey earned her master degree at the Musik-Akademie Basel in the oboe class of Emanuel Abbühl. She has also worked with artists Heinz Holliger, Stefan Schilli, Albrecht Mayer, Hansjörg Schellenberger, Christoph Hartmann and Sergio Azzolini, among others. She was recognized by Joseph Robinson, former principal oboist of the New York Philharmonic as an “oboe force of nature” and has been called “a leader in her generation...well on track to become one of the most influential top oboe performers of her time” by Alex Klein, Grammy Award-winning oboist and former principal of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

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