Leslie Reed has been Principal Oboe of the Long Beach Symphony since
1997. She is also a member of the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra and
Camerata Pacifica and has been principal oboe of the Santa Barbara
Chamber Orchestra since 1987. Ms. Reed has played principal oboe as a
guest with LACO, Pasadena Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Los Angeles
Philharmonic New Music Group, Xtet, the Orchestra of Saint Luke's, and
the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. She was invited to join the Los Angeles
Philharmonic as acting associate principal oboe for the 1994-1995
season, which included tours of Europe, Asia, and the Eastern United
States. She was associate principal oboe of the Carmel Bach Festival for
ten years and has performed at the La Jolla Summerfest and the Ojai
Festival. Ms. Reed was a First Prize Winner in the 1985 Coleman
Competition and a finalist in the 1988 Bert Lucarelli International
Competition for Solo Oboists.
She has appeared as soloist with local orchestras many times.
Recent performances include the Mozart Oboe Concerto in 2005 with the
Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, and in 2007 with the Long Beach
Symphony, Ms. Reed performed the Oboe Concerto of Richard Strauss
together with the World Premiere of the oboe solo movement from David
Newman's Concerto for Wind Quintet and Orchestra.
Ms. Reed has been instructor of oboe at the Colburn School of
Performing Arts since 1987. Her students have gone on to attend the
Eastman School of Music, Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music,
Interlochen Arts Academy, the Music Academy of the West, Aspen Music
Festival, and Tanglewood.
Ms. Reed is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music.
Her principal teachers have been Wayne Rapier, William Criss, Allan
Vogel, and John Mack.