Hailed by the New York Times for her “magnificently sweet tone,” oboist Keve Wilson has captivated audiences with her imaginative programming and electric personality. As solo oboist with the Absolute Ensemble, she has performed all over the world, including Estonia, Greece, New Zealand, Finland, Germany, England, Korea and Dubai, and appears on the group’s multiple CDs, including the Grammy nominated album Absolute Mix. Keve has performed on tour with Alarm Will Sound and the New York Wind Soloists, as well as in the pits of six Broadway shows. She recently returned from South Africa where she worked with children in the Makuleke Village near Zimbabwe thanks to the Clifford-Levy Creativity Grant.
A winner of Concert Artists Guild, Keve performed with Jazz at Lincoln Center as solo oboist of the re-creation of Bird with Strings as well as at the Newport Jazz Festival with Miguel Zenon. She played the World Premiere of After Hearing Bach by Peter Schickele, won a position in Opera Pacific, and played on the soundtracks for film and television while living in Los Angeles for six years.
Keve has taught for many organizations, including the Pasadena Conservatory, Caramoor, HOLA (Heart of Los Angeles,) the Henry Mancini Institute, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and the Midori Foundation. Currently, Keve teaches and is an outreach educator at both the 92 Y and The Diller-Quaile School of Music. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, Keve studied oboe with Richard Killmer, piano with Judith Handman and dance with Elizabeth Clark.
A former dancer, Keve toured Germany in Bernstein’s On the Town during her early 20’s. Her 2011 CD Pure Imagination resulted in a contract with Baird Artists Management and her YouTube video “Do you know what the oboe is?” is popular with oboists all around the world. She plays oboe in the hit Broadway musical A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder at The Walter Kerr Theater. Keve resides in her favorite city of New York with her husband and two Portuguese water dogs.