Anthony Georgeson, Principal
Anthony Georgeson joined The Florida Orchestra as principal bassoonist in 2007. Prior to that he was a member of the New World Symphony, and in 2002/03 he was acting principal bassoonist of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. He has also performed with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Naples Philharmonic, Sarasota Orchestra, Mainly Mozart Music Festival, Strings Music Festival, and both as guest assistant principal and second bassoonist with The Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall, Carnegie Hall, Blossom Music Festival, and throughout Europe. As part of The Cleveland Orchestra’s 2014 Brahms Cycle recording project, he was guest second bassoonist and recorded Brahms’ Symphonies 1-3 to DVD/BluRay from the BBC PROMS and the Musikverein in Vienna.
Georgeson earned his master’s of music degree from The Juilliard School, studying with Whitney Crockett, and a bachelor’s of music degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, as a student of Kenneth Moses. He began studying the bassoon with Cynthia Cameron-Fix, has had further studies with John Clouser in performance and reed making, and counts Bernard Garfield as a strong musical influence. Georgeson plays on a pre-war Heckel Bassoon #7507 made in Biebrich (Wiesbaden), Germany, in 1934.
As a soloist, Georgeson made his solo debut at the age of seventeen performing Weber’s Bassoon Concerto with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and he has been a soloist with the Florida Orchestra, Madison Symphony Orchestra, UW Symphony Orchestra, and Concord Chamber Orchestra performing the bassoon concerti of Mozart, Zwilich, and Weber.
With colleagues from The Florida Orchestra, Georgeson helped launch the orchestra’s multi-year cultural exchange with Cuba, providing master classes at the Amadeo Roldán Conservatory in Havana, as well as performing chamber music in the Oratorio San Felipe Neri in Havana’s Old Quarter. With a strong family background and commitment to education, he also maintains a private teaching studio and serves as woodwind coach for the Pinellas Youth Symphony Orchestra.
Anthony Georgeson lives in St. Petersburg, Florida, with his wife Erin (a public elementary school teacher) and their two daughters, Lilianna and Isla. They enjoy running, cooking, serving in the music and children’s ministries at their local church, and spending time together with family and friends. He is also co-host of the podcast “Two Gomers Run for Their Lives” found on iTunes and at twogomers.com.
Georgeson was featured in Tampa Bay Times’ Meet Your Florida Orchestra Musician series. Click here to read the article.