Born in Fergana, Uzbekistan, bassoonist MARAT RAKHMATULLAEV has performed across Europe, Asia and the United States with world renowned conductors including Christoph Eschenbach, Herbert Blomstedt, Mikhail Pletnev, Paavo Jarvi and Leon Botstein. His orchestral festival appearances include the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra, the American-Russian Young Artist Orchestra, the Mediterranean Youth Orchestra, Chautauqua Music Festival and the Texas Music Festival.
Mr. Rakhmatullaev holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of Houston, where he studied with Karen Pierson and Jeff Robinson and an Artist Diploma from The Colburn School Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Richard Beene. In the spring of 2007, he made his solo debut with The Colburn Orchestra performing C.M. Weber’s Andante and Rondo. He was subsequently invited back to perform with The Colburn Orchestra again in Strauss’ Duo-Concertino in the spring of 2010. His most recent successes include becoming a finalist for the Second Bassoon position at the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra in Knoxville, TN, winning the Principal Bassoon position at the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra in Ankara/Turkey and the Co-Principal position at the American Youth Symphony based in Los Angeles. Currently, Mr. Rakhmatullaev is attending the Roosevelt University Music Conservatory’s Orchestral Studies Program where his teachers are Dennis Michel and David McGill.