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Chad Cognata

Chad Cognata

Chad Cognata joined the Colorado Symphony as Principal Bassoon in 1991. He has performed as a soloist with the CSO on several occasions including performances of concertos by Mozart and Vivaldi. Since 1996, Mr. Cognata has held the position of Principal Bassoon with the Cabrillo Music Festival, a summer festival in Santa Cruz, CA, dedicated to contemporary orchestral music. He has participated in the Aspen Music Festival where he served as Principal Bassoon of the Aspen Festival Orchestra. He has also performed with the symphonies of Pittsburgh and Nashville.

He was the Instructor of Bassoon at the University of Denver and has also taught at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He has presented master classes at the University of Colorado at Boulder and the Aspen Music Festival.

Mr. Cognata did undergraduate work at Indiana University, Bloomington and received a BFA in music from Carnegie-Mellon University. His primary teacher was Leonard Sharrow, former Principal Bassoon with the NBC, Pittsburgh and Chicago Symphonies. He has also studied with Sidney Rosenberg and Ryohei Nakagawa.