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 Sinfónica de Minería in Mexico City. He has performed many of the major bassoon concertos with orchestras in Mexico, Europe and the United States. Most recently he was heard in 3 performances of the Richard Strauss Duet-Concertino with Clarinetist Bharat Chandra and the Sarasota Orchestra in February, 2019. An avid chamber musician, Mr. Traba has been a member of the Sarasota Wind Quintet since 1992. He has performed with The Instrumenta Music Festival in Puebla, Mexico and the Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival. This summer marks his third return to ChamberFest Cleveland.
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.