Canadian oboist Kristen Cooke is a versatile performer currently based in Vancouver. She is a Doctorate of Musical Arts candidate in Oboe Performance at the University of British Columbia.
Kristen is in demand as an orchestral musician, 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.
Kristen is a core member of the Vancouver-based Fireside Quintet. In 2018-19, she will also be part of the Duo 1010 Collective, ensemble-in-residence at Simon Fraser University's School of Contemporary Arts. Her chamber music experience includes training at the National Arts Centre Young Artists' Program and the British Isles Music Festival.
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. In 2018, she performed the Canadian premiere of Dorothy Chang's solo oboe work, 'Still', at the Quadra Island Festival of Chamber Music. She is an advocate of creative programming, comfortable with both classical standards and the contemporary music of today.
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).
A passionate educator, Kristen enjoys sharing her love of classical music with students and audiences alike. She maintains an active private studio; for more information on her teaching click here.