Elizabeth Koch

Elizabeth Koch (born 1986) is an oboist and principal oboe of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. She joined the ASO in the fall of 2007,[1] and was granted tenure January 2009. She is a native of Buffalo, New York.[1] Her teachers were Richard Woodhams[1] and Daniel Stolper. She was a student at the Curtis Institute of Music[1] and the Interlochen Arts Academy.[2]

She is notable in that she was appointed principal oboe of a major symphony orchestra at the young age of 21. She shares this feat with Elaine Douvas who was also appointed principal oboe of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra at 21.

She has also been guest principal with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, playing the oboe solo in the Piano Concerto No. 1 (Tchaikovsky), with Andrew Davis (conductor) and Evgeny Kissin (pianist).[3] She has played at the Grand Teton Music Festival as a member of a woodwind quintet,[4] which has included Robert S. Williams on bassoon and Larry Combs on clarinet.[5]


  1. Ruhe, Pierre (13 June 2007). "On principal. Young oboist lands coveted post with ASO second time around". The Atlanta Constitution. Atlanta, Georgia. pp. E1, E7. Retrieved 16 November 2019.
  2. Wendland, Mike (21 June 2004). "Hands-free music sheets put foot down on flipping". Detroit Free Press. Detroit, Michigan. p. 2A. Retrieved 16 November 2019.
  3. von Rhein, John (17 October 2015). "Evgeny Kissin rides Russian warhorse to glory with CSO". Chicago Tribune. Chicago, Illinois. p. 15. Retrieved 16 November 2019.
  4. Flood, Lucy (12 March 2008). "Woodwind quintet conjures depth, variety of 'color'". Jackson Hole News and Guide. Jackson, Wyoming. p. 5-SO. Retrieved 16 November 2019.
  5. "Woodwind musicians will woo at Walk Hall". Jackson Hole News and Guide. Jackson, Wyoming. 24 March 2010. p. 6-SO. Retrieved 16 November 2019.

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