Chair, Orchestral Instruments and Organ Department
Phillip Kolker, principal bassoon of the Baltimore Symphony from 1972 to 2010, has appeared as soloist with that orchestra, as well as with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, and, internationally, with orchestras in Spain and Taiwan. Conductors he has worked with include Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Sergiu Commissiona, David Zinman, Yuri Temirkanov, Marin Alsop, Leon Fleisher, Eugene Ormandy, Leopold Stokowski, Pierre Monteux, Erich Leinsdorf, Antal Dorati, Howard Hansen, Frederick Fennell, Alexander Schneider and Jean Martinon. He has performed chamber music throughout the United States, Europe and Asia, appearing with such players as flutist Robert Willoughby, oboist John Mack, English horn player Thomas Stacy, clarinetists Anthony Gigliotti, Franklin Cohen and Larry Coombs, pianist Malcolm Frager, violinist Hilary Hahn and cellist Anner Bylsma.
Kolker is a member of the Artist Faculty of the Peabody Conservatory where he serves as Chair of the Department of Orchestral Instruments. He has also been a visiting Professor at the Eastman School of Music, and has presented master classes at the Curtis Institute, Eastman, the National Orchestral Institute, the Glickman-Popkin Bassoon Camp, where he was Guest Faculty, the Interlochen National Music Camp and in Korea and Taiwan. He has been a featured recitalist at several International Double Reed Conventions and serves on the Executive Committee of the IDRS. For many years Kolker has been a fixture at Music from Gretna. Orchestral recordings with the Baltimore Symphony include the Vanguard, Telarc, London, Sony, Argo and Naxos labels.
Kolker made his first appearance as a professional bassoon player with the Albany Symphony Orchestra when he was fourteen years old.