Aki Nishiguchi, oboist, is an active performer and teacher in the Los Angeles area. She has recently completed a Doctorate of Musical Arts in oboe performance at the University of Southern California where she studied with David Weiss, Joel Timm and Allen Vogel. While at USC she had been the recipient of a number of awards including the Tony Sayre Memorial Scholarship, Colburn Foundation Early Music Performance Scholarship, USC Chamber Music Award, USC Collegium Ensemble Award, USC Early Music Ensemble Award and in 2010 was assigned to the USC Scholarship Wind Quintet. Beyond her interest in standard solo and orchestra repertoire, she has devoted much of her study at USC to performing New Music and Early Music. She was an oboist for the USC Contemporary Music Ensemble for four years and performs with the Los Angeles based contemporary music group, What’s Next? Ensemble. Aki’s passion for Early Music has led her to study performance practice and period instruments including baroque oboe, renaissance shawms, dulcian and recorders under the direction of Adam Gilbert, Rotem Gilbert and Paul Sherman. As an early woodwind player, she has performed with Los Angeles based early music groups including Ciaramella, Musica Angelica, Bach Collegium San Diego, Harmonia Baroque Players and Arroyo Baroque. She was also awarded a scholarship to attend the American Bach Soloists Academy where she studied Baroque Oboe with Deborah Nagy and has also performed at the Berkeley Early Music Festival and the Boston Early Music Festival. Aki can be heard on an upcoming recording of Ciaramella from Yarlung Records and on two albums of newly composed guitar concertos featuring USC guitar faculty from Doberman-Yppan Publishing. Along with her performance degree she concentrated on the fields of musicology and music theory. She continues to enjoy learning history, theory and performance practice of music and finds it very rewarding to share her studies and work with her private studio of oboe and beginning piano students.