George Sakakeeny

George Sakakeeny
Bassoon
Principal
George Sakakeeny
Photo credit: Matt Dine

Bassoonist George Sakakeeny has appeared as a soloist with orchestras throughout North and South America, Europe, and the Far East. Three major works for bassoon and orchestra have been commissioned for him: Libby Larsen’s "full moon in the city" (2013), Peter Schickele’s Bassoon Concerto (1998), and Viennese composer Alexander Blechinger’s "Faggottkonzert" (1997). As a soloist he has recorded two CDs of concerti with orchestra, including all three of the works mentioned above in addition to other works.

In addition to his position of Professor of Bassoon at the Oberlin Conservatory, Sakakeeny holds titles at Simon Bolivar University in Caracas, Venezuela, and the Central Conservatory of Music of Beijing, China. In the past he held the principal bassoon positions of the New Japan Philharmonic, the Handel & Haydn Society of Boston, the Opera Company of Boston, the Promusica Chamber Orchestra, the Grand Teton Music Festival, the New Hampshire Music Festival, the Peninsula Festival, and performed extensively with the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops Orchestras.

Sakakeeny's former students hold positions in symphony orchestras, chamber ensembles, and universities throughout North and South America and the Far East. As a guest he has taught master classes at leading institutions such as the Paris Conservatory, the Juilliard School, Rice University, Tokyo University of the Fine Arts, Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Seoul National University, and the Conservatoire National Supérieur Musique et Danse of Lyon, France. He is the author of the iBook "Making Reeds Start to Finish with George Sakakeeny."

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