Joseph Jones began studying the bassoon at age 12 when his piano teacher suggested: "Joey, you might be good at the bassoon." Some years and many concerts later Joe is a bassoonist based in New York who has performed with ensembles across the country and around the world.
Joe’s playing has been praised for his "warm singing tone" and "Jones proved he could easily break the four-minute mile without missing a note." (Star Tribune) In recent seasons he has worked with the Boston Early Music Festival, ACRONYM, Early Music New York, Bach Society of Charleston, Flying Forms, American Bach Soloists, the Bermuda Philharmonic, Lyra Baroque Orchestra, and Les Arts Florissants at Dans les Jardins de William Christie, in Thiré, France. Before moving to New York, Joe lived and worked in Minneapolis where he was principal bassoonist for the Minnesota Sinfonia and conductor of the 100-year-old St. Paul Postal Band.
Joe is a graduate of The Juilliard School’s distinguished historical performance program where he performed with Masaki Suzuki, Nicholas McGegan, Rachel Podger, William Christie, Monica Huggett, and other pioneering figures in the field of early music. Highlights from his time there include taking an exciting program of both eighteenth and twenty-first century music on tour in India, and teaching music classes to New York public school students as a Morse Teaching Fellow. He is also an alumnus of the University of Minnesota and Utah State University. Among other honors Joe is an American Fellow of The English Concert, and a past recipient of a McKnight foundation "Next Step" grant. His bassoon teachers include Dominic Teresi, John W. Miller, Norbert Nielubowski, and Dennis Hirst.
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