About Keve


Hailed by the New York Times for her “magnificently sweet tone”, Keve Wilson has enjoyed a varied musical career over two decades. Currently oboist of the hit Broadway musical, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, her CD Pure Imagination was released on CCR/Naxos in 2011. A past winner of Concert Artists Guild with her quintet, Meliora Winds, Keve is solo oboist with Kristjan Jarvi’s Absolute Ensemble and can be heard on the group’s numerous albums, including the Grammy nominated Absolute Mix. With the Absolute Ensemble, she has traveled to Dubai, Estonia, Latvia, Germany, Austria, New Zealand, Greece, London, France, Finland, South Korea, and Amsterdam where the group performed at the Concertgebouw.  In 2013 the Absolute Ensemble returned to Germany to perform in Leipzig with Simone Dinnerstein to release their latest album, Bach Re-Invented.  A winner of the Clifford-Levy Creativity Grant, Keve spent ten days in the Makuleke Village in South Africa in June 2013 where she participated in learning and teaching folk songs of the region.

Keve has performed with Jazz at Lincoln Center as part of the re-creation of Bird with Strings as solo oboist and toured with Alarm Will Sound and the Wind Soloists of New York. Invited to the Newport Jazz Festival in August as english hornist of Miquel Zenon’s dectet, she also recorded on his CD Alma Adentro, which was nominated “Best Large Ensemble” for a Grammy in 2012. She premiered After Hearing Bach for oboe and strings by Peter Schickele, won a position as 2nd oboist with Opera Pacific, and co-founded the innovative chamber music series Project Accidental while living in Los Angeles for six years. A fellow at the Tanglewood Institute, she has performed at many summer festivals, including Chamber Music Northwest, Juneau Jazz and Classics, San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival and New Zealand International Arts Festival. Keve has taught master-classes at SUNY Fredonia, Manhattan School of Music, Eastman School of Music, University of Wisconsin at Whitewater, New York University, Northwestern University, Crane School of Music, University of Southern Utah, New Music on the Point, and the Chautauqua Institute. Radio appearances include NPR’s Performance Today, WQXR, and A Couple of Musicians, a weekly radio show she and her husband hosted and produced on Mountain Public Radio.

A former dancer, Keve spent six months touring Europe as a dancer in Bernstein’s “On the Town” and understudied the role of Hildy. She also performed in Flying Ship Productions, a children’s theater based in upstate New York.

Originally from Hyde Park, New York, Keve graduated from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied oboe with Richard Killmer. She currently resides in her favorite city of New York with her husband and two Portuguese water dogs.