Internationally celebrated Brazilian-born bassoonist, Benjamin Coelho currently serves as the Professor of Bassoon at the University of Iowa. He has appeared as soloist, chamber musician, orchestral musician, teacher and clinician in Australia, Europe, and the Americas. Ben has released seven critically acclaimed CDs garnering praise from numerous national and international publications that have said: “Ben has such a gorgeous sound, such impeccable technique, and such sensitive musicality, that it is a real pleasure to recommend this album very strongly to all of you!” (Ronald Klimko, IDRS Journal), “His playing is unfailingly sonorous, expressive and alert, and he champions the pieces on this recording as if he believed in them without reservation.” (Donald Rosenberg, The Gramophone), “Coelho is fantastic. His sound is brilliant, resonant, and strong, and he has a warm tone that blends superbly with the strings.” (Schwartz, American Record Guide). Currently, he performs as the principal bassoon with the Quad City Symphony Orchestra (Illinois/Iowa). Ben lives in Iowa City, IA with his beloved wife Karen and their wonderful daughters Liliana and Julia.