Katherine Needleman joined the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra as Principal Oboist in 2003, the same year she won first prize at the IDRS’s Gillet-Fox Competition. She has appeared as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Albany Symphony, the Concerto Soloists Chamber Orchestra, the Haddonfield Symphony, the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, and the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Colombia, in addition to numerous appearances with the BSO. She has performed as Guest Principal Oboist with the New York Philharmonic, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the symphony orchestras of Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, New Zealand, ad San Diego.
Ms. Needleman has premiered and commissioned numerous works. She gave the American premiere of Brenno Blauth’s “Concertino” and the West Coast premiere of Christopher Rouse’s oboe concerto at the Cabrillo Festival. She premiered Kevin Put’s oboe concerto, “Moonlight”, at the BSO’s New Music Festival with Marin Alsop in June, 2018.