Kristin Johanna Olson, baroque and modern oboe, has been selling reeds for over 10 years. In addition to her popular modern oboe and english horn reeds, she is quickly becoming a leader in historical reed-making in the United States. You can see some of the positive reviews from her customers at ReedReviews!
As a performer of modern and historical oboe, she appears regularly throughout the United States and Europe. Highlights from the 2013-2014 season include concertos with the Boulder Bach Festival and the University of Washington, plus prominent roles in projects with the Pacific Bach Project, the Juilliard School, Masaaki Suzuki, and Nick McGegan. She holds degrees in music performance from the California Institute of the Arts, the University of Southern California, and the Juilliard School. Kristin is co-artistic director of several ensembles, including the Seattle-based early music chamber ensemble, SacroProfano (www.sacroprofano.org) and the Boston-New York ensemble dedicated to classical and romantic repertoire on period instruments, Grand Harmonie (www.grandharmonie.com)
As the newest member of the Reed Lizard team, Nathan Mills works tirelessly to process cane, tie blanks, pack up orders, and keep a general level of sanity in the reed shop. With orchestral solos hailed as “sterling” by the New York Times and “sensitively shaped” by the Chicago Tribune, Nathan, tenured principal oboist of Chicago’s Grant Park Festival Orchestra and active freelancer in New York City, is a young oboist and concert musician on the rise in the classical music scene.
Outside of his New York and Chicago engagements, Nathan has also performed with several other notable ensembles, including the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Jacksonville Symphony, and Princeton Symphony, where he is acting English Horn for the 2013-14 season. He also recently performed his debut solo engagement with the Grant Park Festival Orchestra, playing Frank Martin’s Concerto for Seven Winds under the baton of Thierry Fischer. Nathan has performed under several notable conductors, including James Levine, Alan Gilbert, Fabio Luisi, Bernard Haitink, Valery Gergiev, Essa-Pekka Salonen, Marin Alsop, David Robertson, and Emmanuel Villaume. Nathan is a recent graduate of The Juilliard School, where he received his undergraduate and graduate degrees studying with Nathan Hughes and Elaine Douvas. More information is available at wwww.nathanmillsoboe.com