Alexander Onieal, bassoon
Alexander Onieal is currently the acting principal bassoonist of the New Mexico Philharmonic and has performed with many other orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Williamsburg Symphonia (VA), Tallahassee Ballet Orchestra (FL), Garden State Philharmonic (NJ), and Southeastern Chamber Orchestra (AL). For three seasons he held the position of second bassoon with the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra. He recently graduated with a Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School and also holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Florida State University. His primary teachers include New York Philharmonic principal bassoonist, Judith LeClair and Jeffrey Keesecker.
In 2012 Alexander traveled to Muscat, Oman to perform Puccini’s La Boheme under the direction of Lorin Maazel with the Castleton Festival Orchestra at the Royal Opera House. He has also performed in other prestigious venues including Carnegie’s Isaac Stern Auditorium and Weill Recital Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and Boston Symphony Hall. Alexander has had the opportunity to work with many outstanding conductors including, Alan Gilbert, Emmanuel Villuame, Gerard Schwarz, Anne Manson, Mark Wigglesworth, and David Afkham. He has attended numerous summer programs including the Castleton Festival, Bowdoin International Music Festival, Imani Winds Chamber Music Festival, Hidden Valley Music Seminars, and the Eastern Music Festival.