Smiling woman holding a wooden recorder, standing against a plain white background. she wears a sleeveless, dotted top and black pants.

Caroline Giassi

Caroline Giassi was born and raised in New York City where she began her musical training at a very early age on a Cracker Jack box as a violin. She eventually graduated to a real, wooden instrument and later switched to the oboe. While pursuing her undergraduate degree in oboe performance at the University of Michigan, Caroline also earned a degree in comparative literature which fostered in her a love of approaching material in its original context and language. This naturally led her to the world of performance practice and historical oboes.

As a freelance musician, Caroline enjoys a variety of opportunities to both perform and teach across the country. Highlights include Albinoni and Vivaldi concerto performances with Museum Concerts of Rhode Island (Providence, RI), Beethoven’s rarely heard opera Leonore with Opera Lafayette (Washington D.C), and a chamber concert with Chatham Baroque (Pittsburgh, PA). She also plays with New York State Baroque, The Sebastians, Pegasus Early Music, and Early Music New York.

Caroline studied at the University of Michigan where she earned a B.A in comparative literature and a B.M in oboe performance. She pursued graduate studies in oboe at The Yale School of Music and subsequently was awarded a fellowship in baroque oboe as the first and only wind player to join the Yale Baroque Ensemble. Caroline continued her baroque studies at The Juilliard School for a second master’s degree in historical performance. Her principal teachers include Toyin Spellman-Diaz, Nancy Ambrose King, Stephen Taylor, and Gonzalo Ruiz.