Bassoonist Gina Cuffari is an active orchestral and chamber musician in the New York City area. Praised for her “sound that is by turns sensuous, lyric, and fast moving” (Palm Beach Daily News), she is a member of the Riverside Symphony, and is a regular performer with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, American Composers Orchestra, Westchester Philharmonic, and Iris Orchestra in Memphis, TN. She has also performed with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, American Ballet Theater, Stamford Symphony and New Haven Symphony. In addition, Gina frequently plays in the Broadway production of Fiddler on the Roof.
Gina is the bassoonist of the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players, Sylvan Winds, and is a founding member of the Scarborough Trio – a flute, bassoon, and piano ensemble. The Scarborough Trio has performed hundreds of concerts throughout the US, and has garnered top prizes at the Fischoff, Yellow Springs, and Artists International Competitions (resulting in their professional debut at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall). As the bassoonist of the Quintet of the Americas, the group recently completed their residency in the Rockaways, as the recipient of the 2015-16 Chamber Music America Residency award. She has performed chamber music throughout NYC’s public schools and museums as a participant of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s Arts Education program, and has performed in NYC restaurants as part of the Tertulia ensemble.
Gina is a champion of new music, and frequently performs and records with the contemporary groups Alarm Will Sound, Argento New Music Project, and ACME. She has also recorded the Schoenberg Wind Quintet and Stockhausen Zeitmasse for Albany Records with the Phoenix Ensemble. Gina has commissioned and premiered multiple pieces written for Quintet of the Americas, as well as premiered works written for her – combining her two passions, bassoon and voice.
As the Director of Programming for the 2014 International Double Reed Society conference at NYU, Gina helped organize the largest IDRS event in its 43 year history. A graduate of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and Manhattan School of Music, Gina recently completed her Doctorate of Musical Arts at Stony Brook University. Gina is an Adjunct Professor of Bassoon at New York University and Western CT State University, and recently joined the music faculty at Sacred Heart University in CT. She spends her summers teaching at the Killington Music Festival in Killington, VT.