Adrian Jojatu

Visiting Instructor of Music in Performance, Bassoonist




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Born in Bucharest, Romania, Adrian Jojatu began his studies at the George Enescu Music School. He has won several national competitions and at the age of 17 he was invited as principal bassoonist in Rome and Lanciano Summer Music festivals in Italy where he also performed at the Summer residence of Pope John II.

Here he studies with : Ovidio Danzi, Principal bassoonist of Teatro “La Scala di Milano”, Marco Constantini, Principal bassoonist of RAI Orchestra of Rome, and Martin Gatt principal bassoon of London Symphony.

At age of 18 he has his debut as soloist with the W.A Mozart bassoon concerto KV 191 with the George Enescu Philharmonic Bucharest.

In 1990 he graduated from the Academy of Music in Bucharest and in the same year was appointed Assistant Principal bassoonist of the Radio Chamber Orchestra of, Bucharest.

In 1991 he receives a full scholarship for his Masters Degree, from Boston University where he studies with Mr. Matthew Ruggiero, former Assistant Principal bassoonist of Boston Symphony.

During his studies at Boston University he participates in many solo recitals and chamber music concerts. IN 1993 receives a full scholarship for his Doctoral degree at the same University.

Between 1994 and 2001 Mr. Jojatu is invited annually as a soloist in Italy.

Mr. Jojatu was the founder of Mozarteum Woodwind Quartet and wins in 1995 the Aria concerto Competition at Boston University .

As a prize The Mozarteum is invited in the same year to perform as soloists the Sinfonia Concertante Kb 397 by W.A. Mozart with the Boston Pops, Keith Lockhart conducting.

In 1995 he releases his first CD of the Mozart Bassoon concerto KV191 under the Euromusic Label, made in Germany, with the George Enescu Philharmonic, Ronald Feldman conductor.

In 1997 he has performed as a soloist the Jiri Pauer bassoon concerto, a national premiere which was live broadcasted on the Radio and TV with the Radio Chamber orchestra of Bucharest.

Other noted teachers includes : Dag Jensen, soloist, Richard Ranti, of Boston Symphony, Matthew Wilkie, principal of Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Gustavo Nunez, principal of Concertgebouw.

Mr. Jojatu was twice the winner of the Aria Concerto Competition of Boston University ( 1995, 2001)

Mr. Jojatu performed as freelancer with orchestras such as : Boston Pops, Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Modern Orchestra,Boston Classical,Indian Hill Orchestra,Rhode Island Philharmonic .

Recently Mr. Jojatu performed two Vivaldi concerti with the Bartolomeo Bruni Orchestra in Ovada, Italy.

In Summer of 2005 he was invited as guest artist at the Monadnock Music Festival, James Bolle Music Director where he performed as principal bassoon and several chamber music performances.

After the Modnanock Festival, the Woods Hole Cantata Orchestra invited him to perform as a soloist for the next three years, concerts broadcasted live on the local stations.

In 2006 He is appointed Principal bassoonist with the State Symphony Orchestra of Mexico, Enrique Batiz Music Director. During his tenure in Mexico he is invited by the Guatemala National Philharmonic to play as soloist and offers several master classes in Mexico and Europe.

In 2011 he performed as soloist with the Guanajato Philharmonic, Monterrey Philharmonic, Chihuahua Symphony Orchestra and the State Symphony Orchestra of Mexico .

Since 2008 he is invited every year for a solo recital at the Newton Public Library .

In 2012 Boston Pops invited him to play as Principal bassoon under the direction of Keith Lockhart and offered more concerts for the upcoming season, including a Pops tour in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut.

He is a great admirer of Mozart’s music and enjoys cycling. He  has two lovely daughters Emilia and Clara.