Welcome to my website! I am a bassoonist currently on faculty at Southern Methodist University Meadows School of the Arts in Dallas, Texas.
Prior to moving to Dallas, I spent a decade and a half as an orchestral performer, holding the principal bassoon positions with the Detroit Opera, Columbus Philharmonic and Camerata Orchestra. During this time, I also appeared regularly with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Windsor Symphony in Canada as well as several 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 the Meadows School.
I'm 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 US, first at the Interlochen Arts Academy, and later at Miami University and the Indiana University School of Music, where I also served as Associate Instructor of Bassoon.
I'm 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).
Thanks for visiting!