Fernando Traba, bassoon, is the Principal Bassoon of the Sarasota Orchestra. He has served in that role with Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería and all of Mexico City’s major orchestras, as well as the Orchestra of the Principality of Asturias in Oviedo, Spain, and the National Opera Orchestra in Lisbon. He has performed many of the major bassoon concertos with orchestras in Mexico, Europe, and the United States. Most recently, he was heard in performances of the Richard Strauss Duet-Concertino with Clarinetist Bharat Chandra and the Sarasota Orchestra. This summer marks his fourth return to ChamberFest Cleveland. Since 1992 Mr. Traba has been a member of the Sarasota Wind Quintet, which presents programs that feature masterworks of the literature as well as new repertoire. Mr. Traba has performed with the Instrumenta Music Festival in Puebla, Mexico and the Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival. He holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music and has done postgraduate work at Juilliard. In addition to his orchestral duties, he serves on the faculties of Florida Southern College in Lakeland and the State College of Florida in Bradenton. He edited and provided the Spanish language translation for the second edition of “Bassoon Reed Making: Basic Technique” by Christopher Weait. His bassoon was made by the Heckel Company of Wiesbaden, Germany, considered the Stradivarius of bassoons, in 1923.
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