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First Name: Frank
Last Name: Morelli
Bio: Frank Morelli, bassoonist, member at-large. After being introduced to the bassoon through the public school music programs in his hometown of Massapequa, New York, Frank Morelli went on to study with Stephen Maxym at the Manhattan and Juilliard Schools of Music. He holds the distinction of being the first bassoonist to be awarded a doctorate by the Juilliard School. He is currently being featured as a music "coach" in public service announcements for TV produced by the American Symphony Orchestra League promoting music education. A member of the IDRS since its inception, Frank Morelli has an international reputation as a player and teacher. One of the most active bassoonists recording today, he has made well over 140 recordings, most notably for the Deutsche Grammophon, Arabesque, Nonesuch, Music Masters, Vox and New World labels. His performances and recording of the Mozart Bassoon Concerto with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra on the DG record label met with international critical acclaim. Several recordings featuring Frank Morelli have been nominated for Grammy Awards. Much sought after as a chamber musician, Frank Morelli has appeared often with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. He has performed at the 92nd Street YMHA with violinist Jaime Laredo, and at the Metropolitan Museum of Art with flutist Paula Robison and on many occasions with oboist Heinz Holliger, as well as at the Mostly Mozart, Spoleto, Newport, Caramoor, Grand Canyon, Norfolk and Bridgehampton festivals. He is a member of Windscape, who are artists in residence at the Manhattan School of Music and who record for Arabesque. Chosen to succeed his teacher, Stephen Maxym, Mr. Morelli serves on the faculties of the Juilliard School, the Yale Music School and the Manhattan School of Music. He is editor of Stravinsky: Difficult Passages for Bassoon, recently published by Boosey & Hawkes. Frank Morelli is principal bassoonist of the New York City Opera Orchestra, Orpheus, Brooklyn Philharmonic and the American Composers Orchestra. He lives in Closter, NJ with his wife Bethany and their son, Anthony.
Source: The Double Reed 22/4