Celebrating 60 Years of Musical Excellence

June 26 – July 31, 2021

George Sakakeeny

George Sakakeeny is professor of bassoon at the Eastman School of Music and principal bassoonist at Eastern Music Festival. In the past, he has held the principal bassoon positions of the New Japan Philharmonic, The Handel & Haydn Society, the Opera Company of Boston, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus, and CityMusic Cleveland. Three major works for bassoon and orchestra have been composed for him: Libby Larsen’s full moon in the city (2013) Peter Schickele’s Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra (1998), and Alexander Blechinger’s Fagottkonzert (1997).

Sakakeeny has taught guest master classes at the Paris Conservatory, Rice University, Tokyo University of Fine Arts, The Juilliard School, and held long term residencies at the Shanghai Conservatory, the Central Conservatory, Seoul National University, and the Conservatoire National Supèrieur de Musique et Danse of Lyon, France. For seven years he served as guest bassoon professor for El Sistema.

Sakakeeny’s numerous recordings notably include Blechinger’s Fagottkonzert, the Villa-Lobos Duo with oboist Alex Klein, and his recording of four modern works for bassoon and orchestra, “full moon in the city.” He is the author of the iBook Making Reeds Start to Finish with George Sakakeeny.