Katherine Needleman was appointed principal oboist of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra by Yuri Temirkanov in 2003, the same year she won first prize at the International Double Reed Society’s Gillet-Fox Competition. In addition to her appearances with the BSO, Ms. Needleman has been a soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Concerto Soloists Chamber Orchestra, the Haddonfield Symphony, and the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Colombia.
She has appeared as guest principal oboist with the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the symphony orchestras of Boston, Atlanta, San Diego, and New Zealand. Prior to her appointment in Baltimore, she was principal oboist of the Richmond Symphony, and before that, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. A Baltimore native, Ms. Needleman attended high school at the Baltimore School for the Arts but left early to attend the Curtis Institute of Music, where she received a Bachelor of Music degree as a student of Richard Woodhams at the age of twenty.