Oboist Mia Fasanello is a passionate orchestral and chamber musician. She has been a featured soloist with various orchestras in Buffalo, New York; and has performed abroad in Bayreuth, Salzburg, Prague, and Vienna. Appearing with the Genesee Symphony Orchestra in 2021 for the Orchestra’s 75th Anniversary Concert as the soloist on Mozart’s Concerto for Oboe and Orchestra, Mia also performed Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Concerto for Oboe and Strings with the orchestra in 2017 as the winner of the Young Artist Concerto Competition. In 2018 she performed Vaughan Williams’ Oboe Concerto with the Greater Buffalo Youth Orchestra and Mozart’s Oboe Concerto with Clarence High School Wind Ensemble, the concerto competition winner of both organizations. She was the first place winner of the 2018 Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Young Artist Concerto Competition, and was featured in the Greater Buffalo Youth Orchestra’s 2018 European tour as oboe soloist on Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante in Eb for Winds, performing for a sold-out audience in Prague’s Dvorak Hall.
Mia is the Principal Oboist of the Boston Civic Symphony, and has been a substitute oboist in the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra since 2020. Most recently, she performed with the Buffalo Philharmonic as Second Oboe during the 2022 and 2023 summer seasons, and the 2021 performances of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker in Shea’s Performing Arts Center in Buffalo.
Mia holds a B.M. from The Juilliard School where she was a student of Elaine Douvas. While at Juilliard, she performed in many ensembles including the Juilliard Orchestra, Juilliard Opera Orchestra, AXIOM, New Juilliard Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, Wind Orchestra, and Lab Orchestra. In 2021, Mia was featured as Principal Oboe with the Juilliard Orchestra on Stravinsky’s Pulcinella under the direction of Barbara Hannigan. She also performed under the batons of Christian Reif, John Williams, Marin Alsop, Nicholas McGegan, Sir Mark Elder, Peter Oundjian and David Robertson among many others, and studied chamber music with William Short, Carol Wincenc, and Tobey Appel.
During the summer of 2022, Mia traveled to Bayreuth, Germany for orchestral and chamber music performances as a member of Ensemble Enigma Classica, conducted by up-and-coming German-Colombian conductor Anna Handler.
Mia spent several summers studying at the Chautauqua Institution as part of the Music School Festival Orchestra both in person and online from 2019-2021, and returned as a guest musician in 2023 for a performance of Strauss’s “Til Eulenspiegel.” In 2017 she was Principal Oboe of the World Youth Symphony Orchestra at the Interlochen Center for the Arts. Mia is the former Principal Oboist of the New York Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Greater Buffalo Youth Orchestra, where she had the opportunity to perform multiple times in Carnegie Hall, as well as in Austria and the Czech Republic.