David Richmond, bassoonist

Hi! I’m David Richmond. I’m not a very good singer, so I’ve made a musical instrument—the bassoon—my voice.


When I play the bassoon, it sounds something like this:

Camille Saint-Saëns, Sonata Op. 168, 1. Allegro moderato


Marcel Bitsch, Concertino


Where will you catch me playing next?

One of the things I really love about playing the bassoon is that the instrument is at its best in collaboration. I usually play with orchestras, choruses, opera companies, and in chamber music. I’ve played with all sorts of people and I’ve played all sorts of music.

I live in Boston, so many of the orchestras I’ve been able to play with are in New England. I also travel sometimes to play, in New York, in California, in Oregon, or even in France.
Every winter, starting in late January, I wind my way down to Sarasota, Florida, where I play with the Sarasota Opera.


I’ve studied with some great bassoonists—Mark Eubanks, Ron Haroutunian, George Sakakeeny—and I got a graduate degree with Ben Kamins at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music.

If you are one of the lucky people who enjoy playing the bassoon, and if for some reason you think I can help you, please get in touch with me. I’m always happy to help other people who share my passion.