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 2011 CD Pure Imagination was released on CCR/Naxos and resulted in a two year contract with Baird Artists Management. 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. The Absolute Ensemble traveled to South Korea in October 2014 for concerts with Sarah Chang. Keve recently performed in Los Angeles, playing Benjamin Britten’s Six Metamorphoses after Ovid with the Jacaranda Chamber Music series.  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. Keve performed with Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas in New York and Mexico and recorded on the Sony released CD, Travieso Carmisí. 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 toured extensively with Meliora Winds and Quintet of the Americas, and 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.

Currently on the faculty at Diller-Quaile and the 92Y, other prestigious organizations she has taught for include the Pasadena Conservatory, the Heart of Los Angeles Foundation (HOLA), the Henry Mancini Institute, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Caramoor Center, the Chamber Music Conference, and the American Festival for the Arts in Houston and Argentina. She has taught and performed in hundreds of public schools across New York City and Los Angeles. Keve encourages  high school music students with “Believe NYC-from the band room to Broadway”, a workshop for bands and orchestras visiting New York City.

Originally from Hyde Park, New York, Keve graduated from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied oboe with Richard Killmer, piano with Patricia Arden, and dance with Elizabeth Clark. Other teachers include Matt Sullivan, Barbara Orland and Judy Handman. She currently resides in her favorite city of New York with her husband and two Portuguese water dogs.