Principal / Edward A. Taft chair, endowed in perpetuity
Richard Svoboda has been the principal bassoonist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and a member of the Boston Symphony Chamber Players since 1989; as the BSO's principal bassoon he occupies the Edward A. Taft Chair, endowed in perpetuity. Mr. Svoboda is currently on the faculties of the New England Conservatory of Music, the Tanglewood Music Center, and the Sarasota Music Festival, and has given master classes throughout the world. Prior to his BSO appointment, he performed for ten seasons as principal bassoonist of the Jacksonville Symphony.
Mr. Svoboda is an active chamber music collaborator, orchestral soloist, and recitalist. Among his solo appearances with the Boston Symphony Orchestra have been performances of John Williams's bassoon concerto Five Sacred Trees with the composer conducting and Weber's Concerto for Bassoon under the baton of Seiji Ozawa. In November 2013 he is soloist in the world premiere of Marc Neikrug's BSO-commissioned Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra with R afael Frühbeck de Burgos on the podium. In 2007 he premiered Michael Gandolfi's Concerto for Bassoon, and in 2011, along with his daughter, clarinetist Erin Svoboda, he premiered Gandolfi's Concerto for Clarinet and Bassoon, both times collaborating with Yoichi Udagawa and the Melrose Symphony Orchestra.
Richard Svoboda has to his credit over thirty recordings with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Boston Symphony Chamber Players, as well as the soundtracks to Schindler's List and Saving Private Ryan. His recording of Michael Gandolfi's Concerto for Bassoon with Gil Rose and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project was a May 2013 release, and two CDs of solo bassoon repertoire are in various stages of completion. "Le Phénix, 18th-Century French Music for Bassoon," including music of Boismortier, Corrette, and Devienne, was released in November 2013, and a CD of early 20th-century European music is in the editing stage.
Mr. Svoboda is married and is the extremely proud father of four daughters. He and his family reside in Melrose. For further information, please visit RichardSvoboda.com.