Oboist Keve Wilson
Hailed by the New York Times for her “magnificently sweet tone,” oboist Keve Wilson would skip music theory and history as a kid to practice Irish jigs and reels instead. Oboist with the recent Broadway revival Carousel and the 2014 Tony Winner A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. Keve inspires visiting high school band and orchestra students from around the country with her original show Believe NYC---from the Band Room to Broadway. A past winner of Concert Artists Guild and solo oboist with the Grammy nominated Absolute Ensemble, she has performed in Amsterdam, Argentina, Austria, Dubai, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Latvia, Mexico, Panama, New Zealand, and South Korea. A two-time recipient of the Clifford-Levy Creativity Grant, Keve traveled to Makuleke Village in South Africa where she participated in learning and teaching folk songs of the region. She plays oboe for Encores! at City Center, and has subbed on 13 Broadway shows. Keve can be heard on many cast albums including Stephen Sondheim’s Passion, Carousel, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder and Encores! recent production of Brigadoon
Keve has performed at numerous music festivals including Newport Jazz Festival with Miguel Zenon, New Zealand Music Festival, Chamber Music Northwest, Mostly Mozart Festival in San Luis Obispo, Swannanoa Chamber Music, The Tanglewood Music Center, Juneau Jazz and Classics and many others. She has toured as principal oboist with American Sinfonietta, Quintet of the Americas, and Alarm Will Sound. A teaching artist for organizations including Bridge Arts Ensemble, 92Y and Mancini Institute, Keve has also given college Networking Skills Masterclasses to such institutions as Manhattan School of Music, Eastman School of Music, University of Miami-Frost School of Music, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, SUNY Fredonia, NYU, University of South Carolina, Crane School of Music and at summer institutions New Music on the Point and Mostly Modern Festival. She spent 6 years in Los Angeles as 2nd oboist of Opera Pacific, recorded for TV commercials and films, and premiered After Hearing Bach by Peter Schickele for oboe and string quartet.
From Hyde Park, NY and a graduate of Eastman School of Music, Keve studied oboe with Richard Killmer, piano with Judith Handman and dance with Elizabeth Clark. She lives in New York City with her husband Kerry and Portuguese water dog Bugsy.
Keve has performed at Feinstein's/54 Below with best friend and colleague, Rachel Handman, as well as on a regular basis with City Center Encores!, American Modern Ensemble, Bridge Arts Ensemble, Concerts in Motion, On-Site Opera, and many other organizations. She can be heard on tour around the world with the Grammy Nominated Absolute Ensemble.
Believe NYC-From the Band Room to Broadway
An inspiring show for middle and high school students, Keve shares her journey "from the band room to Broadway" in a unique interactive performance. Accompanied by pianist/conductor of My Fair Lady, Paul Staroba, this show gets to the heart of what it means to be a working musician.
Keve was the oboist in the 2018 Broadway revival of Carousel at the Imperial Theater.
"the talented and good-humored oboist” -Time Out New York
“Magnificent sweet tone" -The New York Times
Keve's solo CD Pure Imagination is on Composer's Concordance records/NAXOS