Richard Svoboda principal bassoon, Boston Symphony Orchestra, member of the Boston Symphony Chamber Players

B.M.E., 1978

Richard Svoboda has been principal bassoonist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and a member of the Boston Symphony Chamber Players since 1989.

He is on the faculties of the New England Conservatory of Music and the Tanglewood Music Center. He has also taught at the Sarasota Music Festival, the Grand Teton Orchestral Seminar, the Popkin-Glickman Bassoon Camp, and the Symphony School of America, and has given master classes throughout the world.

Prior to his appointment to the BSO, he performed for ten seasons as principal bassoonist of the Jacksonville Symphony. He studied with William Winstead, George Berry, and Gary Echols. Mr. Svoboda appears frequently with chamber ensembles, as orchestral soloist, and in recital. Among his solo appearances with the Boston Symphony Orchestra have been performances of John Williams's bassoon concerto The Five Sacred Trees with the composer conducting, as well as Weber's Concerto for Bassoon under the baton of Seiji Ozawa.