[ Bassoon ]
Frank Morelli, the first bassoonist awarded a doctorate by The Juilliard School, studied with Stephen Maxym at the Manhattan School of Music (MSM) and Juilliard. With over 160 recordings for major labels to his credit, the Orpheus CD Shadow Dances featuring him won a 2001 Grammy® Award. He has made nine appearances as a soloist in New York’s Carnegie Hall and appeared with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center on numerous occasions, including at the White House for the final state dinner of the Clinton presidency. He is a member of Windscape, woodwind ensemble in residence at MSM. Chosen to succeed his teacher, he serves on the faculties of the Yale School of Music, Juilliard, MSM as well as SUNY Stony Brook and the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory in Toronto. He is principal bassoonist of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the American Composers Orchestra.
Morelli has released four solo recordings on MSR Classics: From the Heart and Romance and Caprice with pianist Gilbert Kalish; Bassoon Brasileiro with Ben Verdery and Orpheus and Baroque Fireworks with Kenneth Cooper. Gramophone magazine proclaimed “Morelli’s playing is a joy to behold.” He has published several transcriptions for bassoon, woodwind quintet and other ensembles and compiled the landmark bassoon excerpt book of Stravinsky’s music for the bassoon, entitled Stravinsky: Difficult Passages.