Katharina Spreckelsen

Principal oboe

Katharina Spreckelsen is one of the leading baroque oboists of her generation.

After studying with the late Michel Piguet in Basle, Switzerland, German born Katharina moved to London for further studies with Paul Goodwin at the Royal College of Music.

She soon became a sought after principal oboist with many European Ensembles. Having been a vital part of groups like the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, the Gabrieli Players and Florilegium, Katharina now divides her time between playing with The English Concert, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the German Ensemble Cantus Coelln.

Most often Katharina can be found sharing the stages of the world’s most significant concert halls with singers. She has performed and recorded with artists like Mark Padmore, Thomas Quasthof, Ian Bostridge, Andreas Scholl, David Daniels and Rolando Villazon. Her performances as an obligato soloist are often paired with solo concerto performances.

Katharina has recorded extensively. She can be heard on many of Ton Kopman’s Bach Cantata recordings. With the Gabrieli Consort and Players she has recorded many Oratorios by Handel, sacred works by JS Bach and Haydn’s Creation. With The English Concert she appears notably on discs with David Daniels, Elizabeth Watts, Danielle De Niese and Lucy Crowe. And most recently she has recorded a reconstruction of JS Bach’s Leopold’s Funeral Music with Andrew Parrott and a ‘one to a part’ St John Passion with Konrad Junghaenel and Cantus Coelln.

Katharina is professor at the Royal Academy of Music. Over the past 15 years she has fostered a new generation of baroque oboists, many of whom are now her colleagues.