"This is brilliant, inventive, sturm und drang Haydenesque stuff, and not to be missed if you think that you have heard everything worth hearing from the classical era. The concertos are that good, and Ms King's technical ability far overshadows the considerable demands of the music.
The orchestra plays very well, with strong, involved support, while Cala supplies sound that is brighter than the Channel, yet transparent and lucid. Perhaps Ms King will be the first to give us a complete traversal of these extremely important works. She is unquestionably qualified, and it would be a milestone in recordings."
American Record Guide, May/June, 2003
Performed by one the most well known and respected oboe players in the world, Nancy Ambrose King has recorded on one CD, four of August Lebrun's oboe concertos, two of which are world premiere recordings. After Mozart, the works are considered the most compelling classical concertos for the instrument due to their elegance and virtuosity.
Nancy Ambrose King won the Third New York International Competition for Solo Oboists. She has appeared as soloist with such orchestras as the Janácek Philharmonic in Ostrava, the Festival Internacionale de Musica Orchestra in Buenos Aires, the New York String Orchestra, the Sinfonia da Camera (Illinois), the Champaign-Urbana Symphony and the American Academy of Music in Rome. She has recorded two previous CDs--Nancy Ambrose King: The Winning Program and Évocations--and has been heard on WQXR Radio in New York City and NPR's Performance Today. Nancy Ambrose King has taught and performed at the Sarasota Music Festival, the Bowdoin Music Festival, Strings in the Mountains of Steamboat Springs, and the Hot Springs Music Festival. She is currently Associate Professor of Oboe at the University of Michigan and First Vice-President of the International Double Reed Society.
She has performed as Principal Oboist in the Sinfonia da Camera, Michigan Opera Theater Orchestra, Flint Symphony Orchestra, Heidelberg Opera Orchestra, Colorado Symphony and the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, and has performed in the Los Angeles, Boston and Detroit Symphonies and the Rochester Philharmonic.
A graduate of the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Music degree, Nancy Ambrose King was the recipient of the school's Stanley Medal. She received her Master of Music, Doctor of Musical Arts and Performer's Certificate from the Eastman School of Music.