Born in Italy, MARIKA LOMBARDI studied at the National School of Music in Milan where she was awarded the first prize for oboe and for chamber music. Her career commenced in 1988 with a successful solo tour. She then studied at a number of schools in Paris, from which she was awarded several first prizes (Conservatoire National de Région de St Maur, Ecole Nationale de Musique de Montreuil, Ville de Paris). To perfect her technique, Marika studied with masters such as Pierre Pierlot, Hansjörg Schellenberger, Maurice Bourgue, Ingo Goritzki, Lothar Koch and Sergiu Celibidache. Prize winner at several international oboe and chamber music competitions, she was awarded a distinction at the international chamber music competition of Paris. Additionally, Marika was a prize winner at the Cziffra Foundation. Marika Lombardi plays regularly in chamber music and orchestral concerts in France and in Europe and gives master classes. She has played also with leading musicians including Bruno Canino, Frank Braley, Sylvie Gazeau, Henry Demarquette, Nathalie Dang. Since 2000, Marika has been the artistic director of the international music academy and festival « Risonanze Armoniche » in Lasino (Italy) and of the oboe festival in Paris « OBOE ». She has performed in many music festivals in Europe and has performed in the United States. Marika Lombardi has been teaching oboe in Paris since 1992 at the Conservatoire Municipal du Centre and du 9ème de Paris as well as at the national schools of music in Pantin and Chantilly, the CRR d’Aubervilliers and the Scola Cantorum. She received her National musical diploma for teaching in 1999. In 2012 she was invited to teach a master class at N.Y. University. Her cd SOLO has been chosen for several radio broadcasts, including those on France Musique (France) and Rai 3 Suite ( Italy). She plays a Howarth-London oboe.