Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra: making great music personal

Kimaree Gilad


Praised by critics for her “lyrical melodies and velvety sounds,” (Orange County Register) Kimaree Gilad has been a member of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra since 1983. She has appeared as a soloist on both coasts with LACO, the Northwest Chamber Orchestra in Seattle and the Colonial Symphony in New Jersey. Active as a chamber musician and recitalist, her appearance at the festival in Sweden’s Piteo was hailed as the “highlight of the program” by the Piteo Tidings.

She has also taught and performed at music festivals such as the Ojai, Music@Menlo, Oregon Bach, LA Bach, Idyllwild Arts and La Jolla Music Society SummerFest, as well as the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival in Alaska. Kimaree participated in the inaugural season of the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, where she is the instrumental program director. She performed on the GRAMMY®-winning CD of the Penderecki Credo with the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra.

Kimaree has appeared with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the New York City and Bellas Artes operas, the Ballet Orchestra of Mexico, and the San Francisco and Joffrey ballet orchestras. She toured with Germany’s Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart and has performed on Baroque oboe with Musica Angelica and the Los Angeles Baroque Orchestra. Kimaree has also taught master classes in Sweden and performed with the Norrbottens Kammar Orkester.

Much sought-after, Kimaree is also active in premiering new music. She has performed the Oboe Concerto by John Biggs and a new piece for English horn and chorus by Micah Levy. She can be heard in contemporary recordings on the Arcobaleno label. Her television and motion picture credits include The Matrix movies and film scores composed by Don Davis and others.

Kimaree is Professor of Oboe at CSU Northridge as well as Music Specialist of the Conejo Valley Unified School District. She has the distinction of having taught master classes in the People’s Republic of China. She holds a Master’s degree from California Institute of the Arts.

In her spare time, Kimaree enjoys 35 mm photography and riding her Arabian horse. She lives in Walnut Acres with her husband Yehuda, who is a professor of clarinet at USC, master teacher at The Colburn School and music director of the Colburn Orchestra. They have three children, Yoav Keith, Karina and Genevieve, who are all enthusiastic about LACO concerts.

Kimaree Gilad

photo Michael Burke

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