What would you do if you weren't a musician? I would have liked to be a marine biologist.
What’s the last book you read? “Our mutual friend” by Charles Dickens.
What are you most looking forward to right now? I'm most looking forward to going back to work to a great project with Esa-Pekka Salonen after so many months off during my pregnancy and to introducing Oskar, my son, who was born on the 29th of December 2011 to the MCO!
What is the best thing about being a musician? Being able to communicate with people without speech.
What do you do before a performance? Eat a banana and practice Alexander technique.
BIOGRAPHY Emma Schied studied with Celia Nicklin and Douglas Boyd at the Royal Academy of Music London where she graduated with first class honors and with Maurice Bourgue at the Geneva Conservatoire where she graduated with first prize with distinction.
She is currently Solo Oboe in the Budapest Festival Orchestra and is a founding member of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Solo Cor Anglais in the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA.
Emma is also a guest principal oboe in many prestigious orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra and has also played Solo English Horn with the Orchestre National de France and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra.
A keen chamber musician, she plays with the Ensemble Paris Bastille, and the Mahler Chamber Soloists and with the soloists of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA and has recently taken part in the West Virginia Chamber Music Festival.
Emma has won numerous prizes including The Leila Bull Oboe Prize, Her Royal Highness Princess Alice Prize, The John West Prize, The Maklin Bursary, and the European Foerderpreis.