Anthony Georgeson joined the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra as Associate Principal Bassoon in the fall of 2017 and currently holds the position of Acting Principal Bassoon. Prior to that, he was Principal Bassoon of the Florida Orchestra (2007–2017), a member of the New World Symphony and acting Principal Bassoon of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. He has also performed with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Naples Philharmonic, Sarasota Orchestra, Classical Tahoe, 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, as guest second bassoonist, recorded Brahms’s Symphonies 1-3 to DVD/BluRay from the BBC PROMS and the Musikverein in Vienna.
Georgeson earned his Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School, studying with Whitney Crockett, and a Bachelor 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. Mr. Georgeson plays on pre-war Heckel Bassoon #7507 made in Biebrich (Wiesbaden), Germany in 1934.
Georgeson made his solo debut at the age of 17 performing Weber’s Bassoon Concerto with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and has been a soloist with The Florida Orchestra, the Madison Symphony Orchestra, the UW Symphony Orchestra, and the Concord Chamber Orchestra performing the bassoon concerti of Mozart, Zwilich, and Weber. With a strong family background and commitment to education, he also maintains a private teaching studio and is on faculty as Artist Affiliate in Bassoon at Emory University.
Anthony Georgeson lives in Marietta, Georgia with his wife Erin (a public elementary school teacher), and their two daughters Lilianna and Isla. They enjoy exploring the outdoors, cooking, serving at Passion City 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 at twogomers.com.