Introduced to the bassoon in the Massapequa, NY public schools, Frank Morelli studied with Stephen Maxym at the Manhattan School of Music and later became the first bassoonist to be awarded a doctorate by the Juilliard School. He has made nine appearances as soloist in New York’s Carnegie Hall playing concertos, Sinfonias concertantes, and even a solo ballad with the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band. The Miami Herald has hailed his breathtaking virtuosity and the Toronto Globe and Mail proclaimed his performance: the kind of Mozart even the most tireless concertgoer is lucky to hear once a year.
Morelli has four solo CDs on MSR Classics: From the Heart: 20th Century Music for Bassoon and Piano and Romance and Caprice, with pianist Gilbert Kalish, Bassoon Brasileiro with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and guitarist Ben Verdery and Baroque Fireworks, which features harpsichordist Kenneth Cooper and bassoonist Harry Searing. The magazine, Gramophone proclaimed: “Morelli’s playing is a joy to behold.” The American Record Guide stated: “the bassoon playing on this recording is a good as it gets.” Of his DG recording of the Mozart Bassoon Concerto with Orpheus, Gramophone Magazine noted the delicacy of articulation and colouring, [and] the lyrical warmth of the Andante. Fanfare Magazine added that this recording reset a reviewer's standards at too high a level for comfort in a world more productive of ordinary music making. The Orpheus CD Shadow Dances, which features Frank Morelli, won a 2001 Grammy Award.