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Diana Doherty: Principal

Diana Doherty was appointed Principal Oboe with the Sydney Symphony in 1997. Andrew Kaldor and Renata Kaldor AO Chair.

Diana DohertyDiana Doherty joined the Sydney Symphony as Principal Oboe in 1997, having held the same position with the Symphony Orchestra of Lucerne (1990-1997). She was born in Brisbane and completed her undergraduate studies at the Victorian College of the Arts. In 1985 she won the Other Instruments section of the ABC Instrumental and Vocal Competition, and was named Most Outstanding Competitor Overall. In 1989 she completed her post-graduate diploma in Zurich, studying with Thomas Indermühle.

Since then she has appeared as a soloist throughout the world, and career highlights have included the premiere of Ross Edward's Oboe Concerto with the Sydney Symphony, followed by invitations to perform it with the New York, Royal Liverpool and Malaysian philharmonic orchestras. She has played concertos with the major symphony orchestras in Australia and New Zealand, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Musica Viva, Seymour Group and Ensemble Kanazawa Japan, and in 1994 she was the soloist on the Queensland Symphony Orchestra's Chinese tour. She has also appeared in numerous international festivals, including the Prague Spring Festival, where she won first prize in the 1991 festival competition for her performance of the Martinu concerto. Her most recent concerto appearance with the Sydney Symphony was in 2008, when she played Mozart.

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