Richard Ranti, Bassoon

Associate principal bassoon Richard Ranti joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra at the start of the 1989-90 season; he is also principal bassoon of the Boston Pops Orchestra.

He teaches bassoon at New England Conservatory and Boston University College for The Arts, as well as teaching private lessons and master classes throughout the United States and Canada. He runs the Bassoon Seminar at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute with his BSO colleague, Suzanne Nelsen. Mr. Ranti is an active chamber musician and recitalist in groups formed within the BSO and as a founding member of the Walden Chamber Players. Born in Montreal, Mr. Ranti started bassoon at the age of ten, studying with Sidney Rosenberg and David Carroll. After graduating from Interlochen Arts Academy, he studied with Sol Schoenbach at the Curtis Institute of Music. At the age of nineteen, he won the second bassoon position in the Philadelphia Orchestra; he spent six years with that orchestra, the last as acting associate principal.

A 1982 fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, Mr. Ranti has also participated in the Spoleto and Marlboro festivals. He won second prize in the 1982 Toulon International Bassoon Competition and is the recipient of two Canada Council grants.

When not engaged is musical activities, Mr. Ranti enjoys outdoor recreation, woodworking, and reading.