THE MUSIC MAKERS - TED SOLURI

THE MUSIC MAKERS

Get to know your DSO Music Makers! Each month, we will feature a new musician, and October is all about Principal Bassoon Ted Soluri. Read on for a Q&A with Ted, and be sure to follow us on social media for more info about him this month!
 

TED SOLURI | PRINCIPAL BASSOON

IRENE H. WADEL & ROBERT I. ATHA, JR. CHAIR

Hometown: St. Petersburg, Florida
Education: Florida State University & Cleveland Institute of Music
Years with the DSO: Three
Previous position: Principal Bassoon, Milwaukee Symphony & Santa Fe Opera

How and when did you start playing the bassoon?

I started playing the clarinet in seventh grade.  I was really excited for eighth grade because I was going to be first chair in the band.  But I showed up on day one, and my band director handed me a giant case, a strange-looking reed and an etude book.  He said “This is a bassoon, and you are our new bassoon player. You have two weeks to learn the basics before you start playing in band.” I was crushed, but I slowly grew to love it, and here we are!

If you weren’t a bassoonist, what other career path might you have chosen?

I would be an actor and/or a singer. Growing up, all I wanted to do was sing on Broadway.

Reeds can often make or break a double reed player’s performance. Describe your reed making process.

Reeds are a necessary evil. Store bought double reeds just aren’t a high enough quality for a professional setting, so we are destined to hours a week working on reeds. The reed-making process is long. I make the initial reed from a piece of cane that has had the inside gouged out until it is relatively thin and most of the bark has been profiled off the outside. From there I shape it, fold it over, form it with reed wire at the bottom and let it sit overnight. Then I will finish the next day by putting nail polish around the bottom half of the reed to seal it. From there I like them to sit for at least six months before I need to use them. Then it’s several days of scraping and waiting before it’s ready for the stage.

What has been your favorite concert with the DSO so far?

I have to say Die Walkure with Maestro van Zweden last season. I’ve always wanted to do a Wagner opera, and it was a real thrill.

What do you like to do outside of work?

I love to be outside when it’s not boiling hot: gardening, camping, hiking, all that stuff. I also really enjoy cooking.

Do you have any pets at home?

I have two cats. One is Max, who is about to turn four. And one is Pinkerton, who is about to turn 17. Max LOVES Pinkerton, but Pinkerton doesn’t love Max. 
 

QUICK QUESTIONS!
Tex-Mex or BBQ?
BBQ
Beer or wine? Wine
Cake or pie? Cake
Favorite pop artist? Madonna
Favorite Netflix binge-worthy show? Stranger Things
Best hangout spot in Dallas? The Truck Yard

 

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