Stanley King, Baroque Oboe

A native of Seattle, Stanley King is internationally renowned for his performances throughout Europe, North and South America.  Along with a Bachelor and Master’s Degree from the Manhattan School of Music, Mr. King pursued studies in Historical Performance Practice at the Schola Cantorum in Basel, Switzerland.  He has recorded extensively with such groups as Concentus Musicus of Vienna, London’s Academy of Ancient Music, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, American Bach Soloists,  Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, the Smithsonian Chamber Orchestra, the Plymouth Music Series  Orchestra, Minnesota Sinfonia, and The WolfGang, of which he was a founding member.

In Washington, D.C., where he lived for 13 years, Mr. King enjoyed an active free-lance career, performing in various ensembles in D.C., New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago, and San Francisco.  He served as Principal Oboe with the Washington (D.C.) Ballet Orchestra from 1981-2002, and also frequently performed with Washington Bach Consort, the Kennedy Center Orchestra, the Wolf Trap Orchestra, and the National Gallery of Art Orchestra.

Mr. King has served on the faculty of George Washington University, Oberlin College’s Baroque Performance Institute, University of Wisconsin/River Falls, and the K & S Conservatory of Music, in Woodbury, MN.

Since moving to the Twin Cities area in 1992, Mr. King joined the Lyra Baroque Orchestra as Principal Oboe, with whom he has soloed on Baroque Oboe and Baroque Oboe d’ Amore.  He was Principal Oboe with the Minnesota Sinfonia from 1995-2013. He also performed with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Minnesota Opera Orchestra, the Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra, Bach Society of Minnesota, Bach Tage, Oratory, The WolfGang Ensemble, and the Center for Early Music Orchestra at College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, and was an Artist Member of Thursday Musical.

Photo by Paul Dunn.