Frank Morelli studied with Stephen Maxym at the Manhattan and Juilliard schools of music. He was the first bassoonist to be awarded a doctorate by Juilliard.
Having appeared as a soloist at Carnegie Hall on nine occasions, he has over one hundred fifty recordings for major record labels to his credit, including the Mozart Bassoon Concerto with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra on the DG record label. His three solo CDs released by Msr Classics, Baroque Fireworks, Bassoon Brasiliero and Romance And Caprice have met with widespread critical acclaim. The Orpheus CD Shadow Dances, featuring Frank Morelli, won a 2001 Grammy.
A prolific chamber musician, he has appeared with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center on numerous occasions, including at the White House for the final state dinner of the Clinton presidency. He has performed at the Marlboro, Mostly Mozart, Spoleto, Newport, Caramoor, Grand Canyon, Orford, Norfolk, and Bridgehampton music festivals. He is a member of Festival Chamber Music and Windscape, which is an ensemble in residence at Manhattan School of Music.
Chosen to succeed his teacher, Mr. Morelli also serves on the faculties of Juilliard and the Yale School of Music, as well as SUNY Stony Brook. He compiled Stravinsky: Difficult Passages for Bassoon (Boosey & Hawkes), the only bassoon excerpt book dedicated entirely to the works of Stravinsky, and has several transcriptions for bassoon and for woodwind quintet to his credit, published by Trevco. He is principal bassoonist of New York City Opera, Orpheus, and the American Composers Orchestra.
Manhattan School of Music faculty since 1989.