Welcome to my website! I am a bassoonist based in Dallas, TX, where I am currently engaged in original research in the areas of woodwind performance and pedagogy.
Prior to arriving in Dallas to take up a teaching position at Southern Methodist University, I spent a decade and a half as an orchestral performer, having held the principal bassoon positions with the Michigan Opera Theatre at the Detroit Opera House, Columbus Philharmonic and Camerata Orchestra, and the second bassoon position with the Terre Haute Symphony. While in Michigan, I appeared regularly with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Flint and Dearborn Symphonies, the Windsor Symphony in Canada as well as other ensembles.
As a chamber musician, I have extensive experience as a cross-genre performer and teacher/administrator, including as interim director of chamber music at Southern Methodist University. I am also a founding member of the Northwood Winds Consort--an ensemble dedicated to the performance of rarely heard works, and I have collaborated extensively with organizations such as Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings, Chamber Music at the Scarab Club, and many others.
I am a committed reed-maker with an engineering streak and to-date I have designed and built several bassoon reed-making tools. My inventions include a high-precision electric cane gouger, an electric cane trimmer, a sharpening jig for bassoon profiler knives, as well as several other gadgets. I am currently developing an electric cane profiling machine.
My formal music studies began at the age of 7 in a specialized music school in my home country of Poland. Subsequently, I continued my education in the United States; first at the Interlochen Arts Academy, and later at Miami University and the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where I also served as Associate Instructor of Bassoon.
I am a frequent recitalist in the US and abroad, both as a soloist and chamber musician. Depending on the occasion, I utilize three different bassoons: Püchner model Superior, Yamaha YFG-812 (thick wall model), and Heckel (11K).
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