Ariana Ghez joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic as Principal Oboe in September 2006. Prior to her appointment in Los Angeles, Ghez was principal oboe of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and of the Santa Fe Opera. She has also performed as guest principal oboe with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic.
As a soloist, she has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Rochester Philharmonic, the Chamber Orchestra of the South Bay, the Lake Tahoe Music Festival Orchestra, and the Aspen Music Festival, among many others. In a recording soon to be released on Ancalagon Records, Ghez joins violinist Lara St. John and the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra in the Bach Concerto for Oboe and Violin.
An avid lover of chamber music, Ghez performs frequently with her Los Angeles Philharmonic colleagues and guests on the chamber series at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Other chamber engagements include collaborations with Jaime Laredo and Ida Kavafian (92Y) and Gil Shaham (Aspen Music Festival). She has also performed with Chamber Music Rochester. Ghez has participated in numerous festivals, including the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, the Colorado College Music Festival, the Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont, the Tanglewood Music Center, the Kent/Blossom Summer Festival, and on tour with the UBS Verbier Festival Orchestra.
Ghez holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Columbia University, where she was enrolled in the Columbia/Juilliard School joint program and studied with John Mack and John Ferrillo. She pursued graduate studies at Temple University in Philadelphia, where she studied with Richard Woodhams and was an oboe teaching assistant. Ghez is on the faculty of Chapman University of Orange County, and has given master classes at the Oberlin College/Conservatory, the University of Southern California, the Colburn School, and Kent/Blossom Summer Festival. She has served as a guest faculty member at the Aspen Music Festival and School.