Basil Reeve

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Basil Reeve grew up in New York City, where he attended the High School of Music and Art. A full scholarship student at the Juilliard School, he completed his Bachelor of Music degree in two years, while serving as principal oboe of the Juilliard Symphony under Jean Morel. Upon graduation he won a Fulbright Scholarship to study in Holland, but remained in New York City to become principal oboist of the New York City Opera and a member of the New York Baroque Ensemble, the Carnegie Wind Quintet, and the New Amsterdam Ensemble. In 1970 he took a position as principal oboist of the Rotterdam Philharmonic under Jean Fournet. The following year he joined the Minnesota Orchestra, first as associate principal, and then as co-principal oboist.

In his years with the Minnesota Orchestra he has appeared in concertos by Bach, Telemann, Albinoni, Mozart, Strauss, Vaughn Williams, and Henze under Klaus Tennstedt, Neville Marriner, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, and Edo de Waart. As member of a long-established Twin Cities chamber group, The Musical Offering, he has performed as soloist at the Spoleto Music Festival, the North Carolina Festival of the Arts, Monadnock Music, the Festival of the City of Mexico, and the Round Top Festival. He has been a featured soloist at the annual convention of the International Double Reed Society. He has recorded for Monitor Records and the Musical Heritages Society, and can be heard on Virgin Records.