In 2019, after 23 remarkable seasons as Principal Oboe of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra (ESO), Lidia Khaner retired from that position, eager to take on new musical challenges.
She completed a Master's Degree in conducting from the University of Alberta in 2017, and has begun to gain additional experience and training in ensemble leadership.
She has participated in workshops with Neil Varon (Eastman School of Music), Dirk Brossé and John Farrer (New York Chamber Orchestra Workshop), as well as with Robert Taylor, Mallory Thompson, Dale Lonis, and Craig Kirchoff. In the summer of 2019, she participated in a workshop with the National Presidential Orchestra of Ukraine in Kyiv, led by Christopher Lyndon-Gee. She has also been chosen for the Emerging Conductor Program with Pro Coro Canada, Edmonton's professional choir.
Ms. Khaner studied oboe in her native Poland at the Warsaw Academy of Music and graduated with distinction in 1987. As a member of the Sinfonia Varsovia and the Polish Chamber Orchestra, she toured around the world playing both orchestral parts and solo concerts. During a sabbatical, she studied in Germany at the Stuttgart Hochshule für Musik with Ingo Goritzki, and played with the Deutsche Kammerakademie. Ms. Khaner played Principal Oboe with Sinfonia Helvetica from 1992 to 1997, when she came to Canada to join the Edmonton Symphony.
Her ESO tenure was marked with countless achievements, including dozens of performances and recordings as oboe soloist, not only with the ESO, but also with the Alberta Baroque Ensemble, the Red Deer Symphony, and the Edmonton Chamber Orchestra. Now that she has turned her wealth of experience and superb musicianship to a new arena, Lidia is particularly interested in using her skills to provide opportunities for emerging musicians to play alongside experienced professional musicians in a performance setting. She is a founder, Artistic Director, and Conductor of Chamber Orchestra of Edmonton, a professional ensemble only one of its kind in Edmonton.
Lidia Khaner continues to teach oboe and chamber music at the University of Alberta. Married for 18 years (now widowed) to former ESO cellist Timothy Khaner, she has two children, Jacob and Maria. Lidia is also a third degree black belt and certified instructor in Taekwon-do. Her latest recording reunites her with frequent musical partner, pianist Janet Scott Hoyt, in music by Schumann, Hindemith, Archer, and McPherson. and is now available on iTunes, Spotify, and other popular music distributors.