Join us for the 17th annual Bassoon Day at McGill! This year’s special guest is Ted Soluri, the principal bassoonist of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.
We look forward to seeing you at Bassoon Day!
For more information, contact stephane.levesque [at] mcgill.ca (Stéphane Lévesque).
All events are free and open to the public.
We look forward to meeting you in the lobby of the Elizabeth Wirth Music Building
- 9:00am–2:00pm: exhibits by Bell Bassoons and Fox Products Corp (Wirth Lobby)
Arrive early to check out the many instruments, bocals, and accessories presented by
Bell Bassoons Ltd (Canada) and Fox Products Corp (USA); coffee will be served.
Venue: Elizabeth Wirth Music Building, Wirth Lobby
- 10:30am–12:00pm: Master Class with Alexandra Eastley, acting 2nd bassoonist of the OSM (2018-19 season) (C-304)
Open to everyone - McGill students will be performing in the class.
Venue: Strathcona Music Building, Room C-304
- 2:00pm - 4:00pm: Master class with Ted Soluri, principal bassoonist of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra (C-304)
- Open to everyone
Venue: Strathcona Music Building, Room C-304
- Open to everyone
- 5:00pm: Bassoon Day concert!
- Artists: TBA
Venue: Tanna Schulich Hall, Elizabeth Wirth Music Building
Ted Soluri became the principal bassoonist of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in 2015. Prior to his appointment, he held the same position with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra from 2004-2015 and the Santa Fe Opera from 2007-2015.
Mr. Soluri has made numerous concerto appearances, including in works by Mozart, von Weber, Ferdinand David, Richard Strauss, Michael Daugherty, and Haydn. Mr. Soluri has also performed recitals and concerti at various International Double Reed Society conferences at Ball State University, The University of Oklahoma, Arizona State University, and Lawrence University.
In 2017, Mr. Soluri was thrilled to release his debut CD entitled Sempe Libera. The recording includes opera arias played on the bassoon and stemmed from Mr. Soluri’s great love of the voice and operative repertoire specifically. The recording has received high praise and is available on Amazon, iTunes, and Spotify.
Throughout his career, Mr. Soluri has attended many music festivals, including the National Repertory Orchestra, the National Orchestral Institute, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute. In 1994, he was privileged to work under Sir Georg Solti at Carnegie Hall as a member of the prestigious Solti Orchestral Project. In the summer of 2005, Mr. Soluri was invited to play as principal bassoonist for three weeks at The Grand Teton Music Festival in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. He is also a regular performer with the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival.
Mr. Soluri begins a teaching post at Southern Methodist University in the Fall of 2019. Additionally, he taught at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University while living in Milwaukee. Mr. Soluri has also given master classes at The Florida State University, the Eastman School of Music, Ball State University, The University of Wisconsin- Madison, Lawrence University, the New World Symphony, and the Glickman-Popkin Bassoon Camp.
Mr. Soluri received his Bachelor of Music degree from The Florida State University and his Master of Music degree from The Cleveland Institute of Music. His teachers were John Hunt, Jeffrey Keesecker and David McGill. Besides his bassoon teachers, Mr. Soluri credits soprano Maria Callas as one of his greatest musical inspirations. He plays Fox bassoons and is a Fox Artist.
For more information, please visit www.tedsoluri.com
Alexandra Eastley recently moved back to Montreal where she is playing Second Bassoon with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal for the 2018/19 season. Previously, she was Principal Bassoon of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra from 2007 to 2018.
Alex began her Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Toronto with Nadina Mackie-Jackson and completed it at the Curtis Institute of Music with Bernard Garfield. She earned her Master's degree in solo bassoon performance from McGill University where she studied with Stéphane Lévesque.
From February through June, 2016, Alex was guest Principal Bassoon with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra in New Zealand. She has also performed as guest Principal Bassoon with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Ulster Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Hallé, and as guest Assistant Principal Bassoon with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
In the realm of improvised music, Alex has played with the London Improvisers Orchestra (UK), the Dutch Impro Academy in Amsterdam, Vitamin-S in Auckland, and at the Audio Foundation in Auckland. Inheritance, an album of improvised music recorded with her group Civvie, was released in 2017.
In addition to teaching privately, Alex teaches during the summer at the International Music Camp at the International Peace Gardens and the Curtis Institute of Music Young Artists Summer Program in Philadelphia. She has served as sessional instructor at the University of Manitoba and Memorial University, and was on faculty at Brandon University from 2014 to 2018.
Born in Montréal, Stéphane Lévesque has been Principal Bassoon of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal since the fall of 1998. He has also held principal bassoon positions with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Saito Kinen Orchestra in Japan. Mr Lévesque is Assistant Professor at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University, and he has given master classes in institutions which include the Banff Centre, the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Lyon in France, and the National School of Music in Mexico City. He has appeared as soloist on many occasions with the OSM, as well as with ensembles such as the Orchestre symphonique de Québec, the New World Symphony, Les Violons du Roy and the U.S. Army Orchestra. Mr Lévesque studied with Stephen Maxym and Frank Morelli at Yale University, and with Rodolfo Masella at the Montréal Conservatory.
Michael Sundell was appointed to the contrabassoon position with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal in 2011. He attended the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where he studied with William Winstead, and Rice University as a student of Benjamin Kamins. Prior to coming to Montreal, Mr Sundell was a member of the Colorado Symphony, and he has also held positions with the Milwaukee Symphony, Tulsa Philharmonic, and Virginia Symphony. He also enjoyed an extensive career as a freelance musician working with many orchestras throughout the U.S. including the Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, National Symphony, and the Kennedy Center Opera.