Andrea Ridilla - Oboe
Andrea Ridilla (M. M. Juilliard, 1981), Professor of Oboe, holds a Master of Music and a Bachelor of Music degree from The Juilliard School and a Bachelor of Music degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. She is Principal Oboe of the Classical Music Festival in Eisendstadt, Austria and was Principal Oboe of the Festival International Echternach Orchestra in Luxembourg from 1991-2007. She is also Principal Oboe of the Middletown Symphony under Maestro Carmon DeLeone.
In her new CD, L’Amore Italiano, the lyrical oboe in opera and cinema, released on the Kleos label of Helicon Records in New York, Andrea is featured soloist with the Sofia Philharmonic in Bulgaria under conductor, Ricardo Averbach. With Udo Heng of Reeds ‘n Stuff in Annaberg, Germany, she is co-designer of the Ridilla-Heng gouging machine, which is U.S. Patented and available at Forrest’s Music, Berkeley, CA.
In April 2012, Andrea will be guest artist at the Moscow Conservatory of Music and the St. Petersburg Conservatory of Music in Russia giving as a representative of Reeds "Stuff of Germany performing, giving oboe masterclasses and reedmaking masterclasses. In March 2012, she was the Guest Oboe Professor at the 3rd Encuentro of the Asociación de Doble Caña of Seville, Spain. In 2010, she appeared as soloist at the Musica no Museu Festival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as well as concerto soloist with the Quito Orquesta da Camera in Ecuador. She has also been concerto soloist with the Guayaquil Symphony Orchestra in Ecuador when El Universo writes, "...sparkled with intonation, expression and phrasing..." She was soloist with the Festival Echternach in Luxembourg, the Moselle Music Festival in Germany, the Classical Music Festival Orchestra in Austria, in Seoul Arts Center, Korea, with the Westmoreland Symphony and the Ashland Symphony. In July 2011 she was soloist in the Skopje Summer FEST in Macedonia. She has been a guest performer in several series concerts with Camerata Pacifica in Santa Barbara, California. Andrea has performed solo recitals throughout Italy in Rome, Florence, Turin and Pisa. Andrea performed in the Festival Internacional de Musica de Camara in Colonia Tovar, Venezuela and was a soloist in the Weiner Bezirkwochen Festival in Vienna. She won the top prize for winds at the Munich Preliminaries of the Torneo Internazionale di Musica Competition, and was one of six international soloists invited to Rome in May 1998.
Andrea was awarded fellowships to Tanglewood, Yale at Norfolk, and the Music Academy of the West. Prior to her appointment at Miami University, she served as principal oboe with the Las Vegas Symphony, Rhode Island Philharmonic, and the National Orchestra of New York. She has been on the faculties of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and the New York State Summer School for the Arts at Saratoga. Her oboe teachers have included Joseph Robinson, Louis Rosenblatt, Allan Vogel, James Caldwell, and Robert Bloom, Hansjörg Schellenberger and Maurice Bourgue.
At the invitation of Joseph Robinson (Principal Oboe Laureate of the New York Philharmonic), Andrea was a guest at Duke University as an oboe lecturer and performer. She was a Guest Research Scholar at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and Guest Professor at the Udine Conservatory of Music in Italy where she presented a masterclass on the American style of oboe reedmaking.
With the Miami Wind Quintet, Andrea recorded three collaborative compact discs with the Prague Wind Quintet, on the Helicon and Mastersound labels, featuring Czech wind music. She has given master classes throughout the U.S., at the Quebec Conservatories in Canada, Conservatorio Simon Bolivar in Venezuela, and at Tung Hai University in Taiwan, in Ecuador and throughout Korea.
She is an advocate of foreign language study for research and the dissemination of knowledge, and for cultural diversity. She studied French at the Université du Var in Toulon, France, the Université de Genève in Switzerland, and the Université de Bourgogne in Dijon, France. She also studied Italian at the Accademia Europea in Florence, Italy.
At Miami University, Andrea has created and teaches a course, Discovering Italian Opera, to University Honor’s students, a course to which she is totally committed.
TEACHING and LEARNING at MIAMI UNIVERSITY:
For her teaching, Professor Ridilla received the Excellence in Teaching Award given by the Greater Cincinnati Consortium of Colleges and Universities, At Miami University she was a recipient of the Miami University Excellence in Teaching Award, the Alumni Enrichment Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching, the Miami University Star Award, for outstanding support of Miami students.
Oboe students in the studio of Professor Ridilla have been accepted with scholarships and assistantships for graduate and doctoral study in oboe performance at Yale University School of Music, Manhattan School of Music, University of California, Boston University, Temple University, Florida State University, Hartt School of Music, Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, California Institute of the Arts and Arkansas State University.
Professor Ridilla's students have enjoyed remarkable accomplishments: The Double Major is a prestigious academic curriculum at Miami University, therefore, many of her students perform oboe professionally while also holding prestigious jobs outside of music. Seven of her former students hold professorships in oboe in American universitiesK
Laura Ann Ross is Adjunct Professor Oboe at Middle Tennessee State University and performs with the Nashville Symphony. She was a Semi-Finalist in the Principal Oboe audition for the Dallas Symphony and the Grant Park Symphony in Chicago
Laura Guyer Ross is Professor of Music at Southeastern Missouri State College and performs with the St. Louis Symphony
Leigh Ann Woodard is Adjunct Professor of Music at Texas Lutheran University
Tracy Carr is Associate Professor of Music at Eastern New Mexico State University
Krista Pfennig-Berning is Adjunct Professor of Music at Wright State University
Lindsay Bird is Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Wyoming
Others are employed in public school teaching positions, military service bands or are engaged in graduate/doctoral study.
The Oboe Studio of Professor Andrea Ridilla at Miami University is committed to serving students with diverse lifetime goals: Music Performance and Music Education (graduate and undergraduate), Double Majors (music and another academic discipline), Music Minors, and Elective Oboe Students who want to develop as an oboist, but who choose to major in another area.
Students in the Oboe Studio at Miami University receive special attention in oboe reedmaking. Many young oboists have not had extensive training in reedmaking prior to university study. Professor Ridilla’s pedagogy stresses developing confidence and mastery in students’ reedmaking skill through a careful apprenticeship of professor and student. Together with their peer group, students gain expertise in this critical and challenging aspect of the oboe.
The Oboe Studio of Professor Andrea Ridilla at Miami University honors diversity and welcomes students of all ethnic, social and cultural backgrounds.
"Andrea Ridilla plays with exceptional control and a beautiful tone." Fanfare Magazine
"Ms. Ridilla's playing is heartfelt and expressive." American Record Guide, March/April 2009
"Played...with subtley and musicality....and technically impressive passages." Double Reed News, the Journal of the British Double Reed Society.