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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 at Carnegie Hall playing concertos, sinfonias concertantes, and even a solo ballad with the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band. He joined the Yale faculty in 1994.
Morelli’s recent CD, Romance and Caprice, with pianist Gilbert Kalish, follows two previous solo CDs on MSR Classics: Bassoon Brasileiro with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and Ben Verdery, and Baroque Fireworks, with harpsichordist Kenneth Cooper and oboist Stephen Taylor. The American Record Guide raved, “The bassoon playing on this recording is a good as it gets.” Of his DG recording of the Mozart Bassoon Concerto with Orpheus, Fanfare wrote that this recording “reset a reviewer’s standards at too high a level for comfort in a world more productive of ordinary music making.” The Orpheus CD Shadow Dances, which features Morelli, won a 2001 Grammy Award.
A prolific chamber musician, Frank Morelli has appeared with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center on numerous occasions. He has participated in major music festivals including Norfolk, Marlboro, Banff, and Music@Menlo. He is a member of Festival Chamber Music and of the woodwind quintet Windscape, which is in residence at the Manhattan School of Music and with whom he has recorded two recent CDs.
Mr. Morelli also serves on the faculties of the Juilliard School, the Manhattan School of Music, and SUNY Stony Brook. He is editor of Stravinsky: Difficult Passages for Bassoon and has several transcriptions for bassoon and woodwind quintet to his credit, published by Trevco Music.