Ted Soluri became Principal Bassoon of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in 2015, in the Irene H. Wadel & Robert I. Atha, Jr. Chair. Prior to his appointment, he held the same position with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra for 11 years and the Santa Fe Opera for nine.
Soluri has made numerous solo appearances, including Mozart’s Concerto for Bassoon in B-flat major, KV. 191; Carl Maria von Weber’s Bassoon Concerto in F major andÂ Andante and Hungarian Rondo; Ferdinand David’sÂ Concertino; Richard Strauss’sÂ Duett-ConcertinoÂ for clarinet, bassoon, strings and harp;Â Michael Daugherty’sÂ Dead Elvis, and Jurien Andriessen’sÂ Concertino.
In November of 2014, Soluri performed Marc Neikrug’s Concerto for Bassoon and OrchestraÂ as part of a co-commission with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra and the National Arts Centre Orchestra of Canada.
In 2006, Soluri performed two recitals to great acclaim at the International Double Reed Society (IDRS) conference in Muncie, Indiana at Ball State University. Both recitals included pieces not originally written for the bassoon, but rather for the voice, including several opera arias by Puccini and Donizetti as well as works by Gustav Mahler and Sergei Rachmaninoff. These recitals are the basis of an upcoming solo CD. Soluri has since played at IDRS conferences in Norman, OK and Tempe, AZ.
Throughout his career, 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, 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.
Soluri has performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Grant Park Music Festival Orchestra, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. In addition, he had the opportunity to tour with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra to Washington D.C., Philadelphia and New York City’s Carnegie Hall in 2005.
Soluri taught at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University while living on Milwaukee. Additionally. he has given master classes at Florida State University, the Eastman School of Music, Ball State University, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Lawrence University and the Glickman-Popkin Bassoon Camp.
Soluri received his Bachelor of Music degree from 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, Soluri credits soprano Maria Callas as one of his greatest musical inspirations. He plays Fox bassoons and is a Fox Artist.Â www.tedsoluri.com