Ariana Ghez joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic as Principal Oboe in September 2006. Her playing has been lauded by the LA Times critics as “somewhere up among the galaxies” and as expressing “raw emotion”. Prior to her appointment in Los Angeles, Ms. 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, the New York Philharmonic, and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.
As a soloist, Ms. Ghez has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Rochester Philharmonic, the New York String Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, the Redlands Symphony Orchestra, the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra in Caracas, the Aspen Music Festival, among many others, and can be heard playing Bach’s Oboe and Violin Concerto, with violinist Lara St John on Ancalagon Records. An avid lover of chamber music, Ms. Ghez performs frequently with her Los Angeles Philharmonic colleagues and guests on the chamber series at Disney Hall. Other chamber engagements include collaborations with Jaime Laredo and Ida Kavafian (92Y), Gil Shaham (Aspen Music Festival), and Pinchas Zuckerman (with the Rochester Philharmonic). She has performed with La Jolla Summerfest, the Mainly Mozart Festival (San Diego), Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Chamber Music Rochester, and Colorado College Music Festival. Ghez has participated in numerous festivals, including the Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont and the Tanglewood Music Center.
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 in Orange County and has given master classes at the Colburn School, University of Southern California, Oberlin College/Conservatory, Peabody Institute, San Francisco Conservatory, and Kent/Blossom Summer Festival, among others. She has also served as guest faculty member at the Aspen Music Festival and School.