Gail Hennessy

baroque oboe


Gail Hennessy was born in Wisconsin in the USA, and studied modern oboe in Louisville, Kentucky and Historical Performance Practice at Washington University before travelling to Britain to study oboe-making with Mary Kirkpatrick and baroque oboe with the late David Reichenberg through the Guilhall School in London. She has also been influenced by playing in masterclasses given by the Dutch oboist Ku Ebbinge and Michel Piguet of Switzerland.

She now plays regularly with the Hanover band, Parley of Instruments, New London Consort, St. James' Baroque Players, Ex Cathedra, The London Oboe Band, and her own group, Musetta, and has also played for Les Arts Florissants, Anima Eterna, The Gabrieli Players, The English Concert and The Academy of Ancient Music. She performs frequently as a soloist for radio and in festivals throughout the world, including a concerto tour of Japan in 1986.

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