A performer on both modern and historical oboes, Lani Spahr is one of the leading period instrument performers in the US. He is a regular member of Boston Baroque, The Handel & Haydn Society Orchestra of Boston under Sir Christopher Hogwood, and appears frequently with Tafelmusik in Toronto. In addition he has appeared with many of the leading orchestras in the US, such as the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, Concert Royal in New York, the Philadelphia Classical Orchestra, the Lyra Concert in Minneapolis and the Orchestra of the Old Fairfield Academy in Connecticut. On modern instruments he has been principal oboe and soloist with the Colorado Springs Symphony Orchestra, the Colorado Opera Orchestra, the Johnston Symphony Orchestra, the Maine Chamber Ensemble, the American Woodwind Quartet and the American Chamber Winds with which he toured Europe giving concerts in Paris, Brussels, Ghent, Manchester, Stratford-upon-Avon and London. He also plays with the Keith Brion and the New Sousa Band with which he has toured throughout the US and Japan.
Lani has been on the faculties of Colorado College, Phillips Exeter Academy and the University of New Hampshire Chamber Music Institute and has been recorded for Telarc, L’Oiseau Lyre, Vox and Music Masters. He also studied conducting with the late George Tintner.
He lives with his wife, Judy, in Concord, New Hampshire and they travel to England regularly to attend the annual activities of The Elgar Society, of which they are both members. In their spare (!) time they love to listen to English choral music and to explore the back roads of New England in their 1951 MG TD British sports car.