Ryan Simmons is the Second Bassoonist of the San
Diego Symphony and Principal Bassoon with
Orchestra Nova San Diego. He has previously held the
positions of Associate Principal Bassoon with the Los
Angeles Philharmonic, and Principal Bassoon with the
Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Simmons has been dedicated to performing quality
professional instrument repair for over a decade,
earning accolades and top reviews from colleagues
and customers all over the United States.
Ryan has spent years dedicating himself to the study
and practice of woodwind instrument repair and
refinishing. He has spent countless hours auditing
repair workshops and learning from great instrument
repairmen all over the country to refine his methods.
He has researched the mechanisms and workings of
woodwind instruments through literary and practical
means, and it has given him a thorough understanding
of each instrument's special needs.
Mr. Simmons graduated with a degree in Classical
Performance from the renowned Curtis Institute of
Music, where he studied with Bernard Garfield. Prior to
his studies at Curtis, other eminent instructors
included Steven Maxym and Norman Herzberg. Ryan
has participated in such festivals as Marlboro Music
Festival, Tanglewood, Verbier, National Repertory
Orchestra, Mainly Mozart, and La Jolla Summerfest
among others. Additionally, Mr. Simmons has played
on recordings for EMI, Sony, and can be heard in
various television and movie recordings.
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