Fernando Traba, Principal Bassoon of the Sarasota Orchestra, is a native of Mexico City, Mexico. Mr. Traba has served as Principal Bassoon with all five major orchestras in Mexico City, as well as the Orchestra of the Principality of Asturias in Oviedo, Spain, the National Opera Orchestra in Lisbon, Portugal and the Orquesta Sinfonica de Mineria in Mexico City. He has performed many of the major bassoon concertos with orchestras in Mexico, Europe and the United States. In 2003 Mr. Traba served, alongside Principal musicians from major orchestras across the U.S. and Europe, on the faculty of Instrumenta, an internationally renowned chamber music festival held in Puebla, Mexico. In the summer of 2014 he performed with ChamberFest Cleveland as well as the Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival.
Mr. Traba holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from The Cleveland Institute of Music and has done postgraduate work at the Juilliard School. In addition to his orchestral duties, he has a private bassoon studio in Sarasota, serves on the faculties of Florida Southern College in Lakeland as well as the State College of Florida in Bradenton, and has edited and provided the Spanish language translation for the 2nd edition of Bassoon Reed Making: Basic Technique by Christopher Weait.