Rebekah Heller, bassoon

Rebekah Heller, bassoon

Praised for her “flair” and “deftly illuminated” performances by the New York Times, Bassoonist Rebekah Heller is a uniquely dynamic chamber, orchestral and solo musician. Equally comfortable playing established classical works and the newest of new music, Rebekah is a fiercely passionate advocate for the bassoon. An "impressive solo bassoonist" (The New Yorker), she is tirelessly committed to collaborating with composers to expand the modern solo and chamber music repertoire for the instrument.

As a member of the renowned International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Rebekah has played at some of the world's most prestigious music festivals, including the Mostly Mozart Festival, the Lincoln Center Festival, the Darmstadt International Summer Courses for New Music, and The Helsinki Musica Nova Festival. She has worked closely with world-renowned composers and conductors such as John Adams, Matthias Pintscher, Dai Fujikura, Ludovic Morlot, Kaija Saariaho and many more.

Before moving to New York, Rebekah completed a one-year appointment as Principal Bassoonist of the Jacksonville Symphony, and has also served as Principal Bassoonist with the Atlanta Opera Orchestra, and the Utah Festival Opera.

From 2005-2008, Rebekah was a member of the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Florida. During her time there, she worked with some of today's most innovative and electrifying musical minds, including Michael Tilson Thomas, Robert Spano, Marin Alsop, Oliver Knussen, Yo-Yo Ma and Christian Tetzlaff.

Rebekah received her Master of Music degree from the University of Texas at Austin. Like many of her ICE colleagues, she attended the Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music for her undergraduate studies, where she earned degrees in both Music and English Literature.

Besides being a passionate performer, Rebekah is also a dedicated teacher, and has served on the faculties of the University of North Florida, Florida International University, and the Vermont Youth Orchestra's Reveille camp.

Rebekah's teachers and musical mentors include John Clouser, Kristin Wolfe Jensen, George Sakakeeny, Michel Debost and Janet Polk. Born in upstate, NY, Rebekah currently lives in Brooklyn.

Portrait photo credit Carrie Schneider
Concert photo credit Armen Elliott