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Elizabeth Starr Masoudnia, English horn of The Philadelphia Orchestra since 1995, has toured the globe to wide critical acclaim with many of the world's finest conductors. She has premiered many pieces written expressly for her, including concertos by Behzad Ranjbaran and Nicholas Maw, and David Ludwig's Piccola musica notturna for English horn, harp, and string quintet.
A native of Philadelphia, Ms. Masoudnia graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied oboe with John de Lancie, former principal oboe of The Philadelphia Orchestra. Her teacher prior to that time was Louis Rosenblatt, former solo English horn of The Philadelphia Orchestra.
Ms. Masoudnia was a participant in the Marlboro Music Festival and played oboe concertos with the Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia (now the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia) and the New York Symphonic Ensemble on four tours of Japan and Southeast Asia. She also played English horn with the Minnesota Orchestra for seven years. She is a featured artist on a CD of Beethoven and Triebensee oboe trios, released on the ASV Quicksilver label.
In addition to her private studio, Ms. Masoudnia teaches oboe and English horn, gives English horn masterclasses, and coaches orchestra and chamber music at the Curtis Institute of Music, Temple University, the Philadelphia International Music Festival, the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, and Philadelphia’s All City Orchestra. She currently resides in Gladwyne, PA, with her husband and 2 children.
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