Frank Morelli

Introduced to the bassoon in the Massapequa, New York, public schools, Frank Morelli studied with Stephen Maxym at the Manhattan School of Music and later became the first bassoonist to be awarded a doctorate by the Juilliard School. He has made nine appearances as soloist in New York’s Carnegie Hall, playing concertos, sinfonias concertantes, and even a solo ballad with the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band.

Mr. Morelli has four solo CDs on MSR Classics: From the Heart: 20th Century Music for Bassoon and Piano and Romance and Caprice, with pianist Gilbert Kalish; Bassoon Brasileiro, with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and guitarist Ben Verdery; and Baroque Fireworks, which features harpsichordist Kenneth Cooper and bassoonist Harry Searing.

A prolific chamber musician, Frank Morelli has appeared with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center on numerous occasions. He has participated in many major music festivals, including the Norfolk and Sarasota Chamber Music Festivals, Marlboro, Banff, Angel Fire, Casals Festival (France), and Music@Menlo. He is a member of Festival Chamber Music and the woodwind quintet Windscape in residence at the Manhattan School of Music, with whom he has recorded two recent CDs, one featuring the music of Antonín Dvořák and the other music of Maurice Ravel (which includes his transcriptions of Mother Goose and Valses nobles et sentimentales.

Chosen to succeed his teacher, Stephen Maxym, Frank Morelli serves on the faculties of the Juilliard School, the Manhattan School of Music, and the Yale School of Music, as well as SUNY Stony Brook and the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. His students are active in major orchestras and on important faculties throughout the USA, Canada, Mexico, the Far East, and Europe.

Frank Morelli is editor of Stravinsky: Difficult Passages for Bassoon, a landmark excerpt book for bassoon and contra bassoon, and has several transcriptions for bassoon, woodwind quintet, and other ensembles to his credit.