Mekhi Gladden is an oboist and english-hornist from Atlanta, Georgia who is currently based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is a fifth year student at the Curtis Institute of Music under the tutelage of Richard Woodhams. Mekhi began studying oboe at age twelve before entering the Talent Development Program at age fifteen. He then studied with Emily Brebach, english horn of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Mekhi has attended the Aspen Music Festival in 2018 before later performing with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Princeton Symphony Orchestra, and Symphony in C. During his time at Curtis, Mekhi has also worked to further diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence in classical music through his performance and advocacy.