Glasgow-based, Canadian-born oboist Kristen Cooke is an oboe performer, researcher, and educator who recently relocated to Scotland. She is a Doctorate of Musical Arts candidate in Oboe Performance at the University of British Columbia.
Before the pandemic, Kristen was in demand as an orchestral musician in Canada including frequent concerts with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Victoria Symphony, Kamloops Symphony, and Vancouver Island Symphony. Her orchestral training has included summers with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, the National Academy Orchestra, the Orford Orchestra, and the Atlantic Music Festival. She is available for freelance and session work.
A passionate educator, Kristen enjoys sharing her love of the oboe with students and audiences alike. She welcomes students of all ages to an active private studio, offering in-person and online lessons. From 2017-2020, she taught Oboe Pedagogy at the University of British Columbia. From 2018-2020, she was a Teaching Artist at Vancouver's Sistema-inspired community music school, St. James Music Academy.
Kristen is an advocate of creative programming, comfortable with both classical standards and the contemporary music of today. In 2018-19, she was an artist-in-residence at Simon Fraser University's School of the Contemporary Arts, where she worked closely with composition students to create new works for the oboe.
In 2017, she performed a solo tour of England and Scotland as the Royal Over-Seas League 'British Columbia Emerging Musician' including recitals at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and St-Martin-in-the-Fields.
Originally from Ottawa, Kristen holds the degrees of Bachelor of Music from Wilfrid Laurier University and Master of Music from Boston University. Her principal instructors were Beth Orson (Vancouver Symphony), Jim Mason (Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony), and Mark McEwen (Boston Symphony).