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A native of the
Czech Republic, Marlen Vavrikova graduated from the Janacek Conservatory in
Ostrava in 1996, and went on to earn a Master of Music degree in Oboe
Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music and a Doctor of Musical
Arts degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she studied with
Nancy Ambrose King, Richard Killmer, and Daniel Stolper.
appeared as a soloist with the University of Illinois New Music Ensemble, the
Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbania, and the Janácek Chamber Orchestra and has
performed under such conductors as Robert Shaw, Donald Hunsberger, Samuel
Adler, Ian Hobson, Peter Bay, David Effron, and Constantine Orbelian. In
2002 and 2004, Marlen joined the Moscow Chamber Orchestra on its American tour
and the Eastman Wind Ensemble on its tour of Japan in 1998.
playing has received recognition in the United States and Europe. She was
selected as a finalist for the Krannert Debut Artist Award at the University of
Illinois and has won competitions of conservatories held in Ostrava and
Kromeríz. She was also awarded the Presser Musical Award, the Kate Neal
Kinley Musical Fellowship, and the Fellowship for the Creative and Performing
Arts at the University of Illinois.
Marlen has performed at the Sarasota, Hot Springs, Banff, and the Ostrava New
Music Days festivals and has taught at the Illinois Summer Youth Music
Festival in Champaign-Urbana and AMEROPA
Chamber Music Festival in Prague. She has given performances at the International Double Reed
Society conferences and appeared as a soloist at the Society of
Electro-Acoustic Music conference in San Diego, California.
scholarly work is represented by an interview with Miroslav Hosek
(International Double Reed Society Journal, Fall 2003) and an annotated survey
of contemporary Moravian oboe works written since 1969.
Marlen teaches oboe at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan, where she is
a member of the faculty wind quintet, Grand Valley Winds.