Principal Bassoonist Bonnie Wolfgang has been a member of The Phoenix Symphony since 1976. Raised in a musical family in Pennsylvania, she was playing bassoon with the Wilkes-Barre Symphony at age 15.
Wolfgang received a scholarship to Oberlin Conservatory, during which time she performed in the festival orchestra under Igor Stravinsky. She received her bachelor of music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with Sol Schoenbach, former principal bassoonist with the Philadelphia Orchestra. Following her graduation, Eugene Ormandy selected Wolfgang to solo with the Philadelphia Orchestra, a performance that gave her national recognition.
Prior to joining The Phoenix Symphony, she performed as guest soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra of El Salvador which was followed by a series of performances within the US. She also presented master classes in reed-making and gave recitals under the management of Albert Kay. In addition, she performed with the Pablo Casals International Festival in Mexico City with Zubin Mehta, Sergiu Commissiona and Eduardo Mata.
Her love of the arts has recently expanded into the realm of creative jewelry and she has formed her own jewelry company, Coloratura (www.coloraturajewelry.com), in which she transcribes her creative abilities into elegant classical creations. She resides in Scottsdale where she also teaches piano and bassoon.