Diana Doherty joined the Sydney Symphony Orchestra 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.
Career highlights since then include first prize at the Prague Spring international competition in 1991; being named joint winner of the 1995 Young Concert Artist auditions in New York and subsequent American recital tours; the premiere of Ross Edward's Oboe Concerto (Bird Spirit Dreaming) with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Lorin Maazel followed by performances with the New York, Royal Liverpool and Hong Kong philharmonic orchestras; and performing concertos written for her by composers such as Graeme Koehne and Allan Zavod. She has also performed as a soloist with the major symphony orchestras in Australia and New Zealand, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Musica Viva, Ensemble Kanazawa Japan, New York Chamber Symphony and Symphony Orchestra of Lucerne.
Her recordings include an album of oboe concertos with the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, Romantic concertos, Blues for DD, a Bach Album, Souvenirs, concertos by Ross Edwards and Carl Vine, and Inflight Entertainment by Graeme Koehne.