Kristin Olson baroque oboe

Kristin has performed on modern and period oboes throughout the United States, Mexico, and Europe. Her interest in early music began during her studies at the California Institute of the Arts while studying modern oboe with Allan Vogel, a baroque music enthusiast and avid supporter of period instruments. She has since performed under the baton of notable early music conductors such as William Christie, Richard Egarr, Phillipe Herreweghe, Nicholas McGegan, Ton Koopman, and Jordi Savall. Kristin performs regularly with ensembles throughout the United States. Some highlights from the 2013-14 season will include the Mozart Oboe Concerto with the University of Washington orchestra, and the Marcello Concerto with the Boulder Bach Festival. Along with Nate Helgeson, baroque bassoon, Kristin recently formed the baroque chamber group Sacro Profano, ( based out of Seattle, WA. She is also principal oboe and on the artistic board of a new period wind ensemble based in the Boston area, Grand Harmonie (, specializing in classical and early romantic repertoire.

In addition to performance, Kristin is the owner of Reed Lizard, a business dedicated to both modern and period reeds for oboe and bassoon. Customers all over the United States and as far as Argentina, China, Australia, and Norway are currently performing on her reeds. She won the 2012 Jonathan Madrigano grant for arts entrepreneurs, and has been featured in multiple news and arts information outlets including PBS News Hour and Symphony Now. For more information and to order reeds, see

During her tenure as oboist from 2005-2010 with La Orquesta Sinfonia Sinaloa de las Artes in Culiacan, Mexico, Kristin created La Capella Real de las Americas, a chamber orchestra dedicated to bringing informed baroque music performance to small towns in northern Mexico. Her interest in outreach performance has continued, having done baroque music concerts for New York public and private schools through the Juilliard Educational Outreach program. Future plans include early music workshops at music schools in Sinaloa, Mexico. Kristin was recently featured on a CUNY-TV show in New York about music outreach in Brooklyn, and on PBS NewsHour in a segment about arts and business.

Kristin holds degrees from the California Institute of the Arts, the University of Southern California, and Juilliard. Kristin is a native of Seattle, WA.