About Keve


Hailed by the New York Times for her “magnificently sweet tone”, Keve Wilson has enjoyed a varied musical career over two decades. Her CD Pure Imagination was released on Composer’s Concordance Records distributed by Naxos. 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.  A two-time winner of the Clifford-Levy Creativity Grant, Keve spent ten days in the Makuleke Village in South Africa where she participated in learning and teaching folk songs of the region. She has been selected and sponsored to participate in the 2016 Artists at Albatross Reach, a week-long residency in Northern California created to allow 4 musicians to spend time creating and perfecting their craft. 

Keve has premiered  many new works, including After Hearing Bach for oboe and strings by Peter Schickele, and Darin Lewis’s Oboe Concerto, which she performed at the International Double Reed Convention in New York City in 2014. A fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, 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 South Carolina, University of North Carolina-Greensboro, New York University, Northwestern University, Crane School of Music, 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.

Keve was the oboist in the Tony Award winning Broadway musical “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” for over 2 years. She performs her original show “Believe NYC-From the Band Room to Broadway” for high school bands and orchestras around the country.

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. She currently resides in her favorite city of New York with her husband and Portuguese water dogs.