Katharina Spreckelsen Principal Oboe

Katharina has been our Principal Oboe since 2015.

Born in Wolfenbüttel, Germany,  Katharina is one of the leading baroque oboists of her generation.  After studying medicine for two years at Göttingen University, she began her professional music career, studying first with Michel Piguet at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis and then with Paul Goodwin at the Royal College of Music in London.

Before being appointed as principal oboe, Katharina played with the OAE as a guest for over 20 years. Many of the players in the OAE had been colleagues of hers in other ensembles, so going ‘in’ to the OAE never felt like joining a group of strangers.