Whitney Crockett, one of the most respected bassoonists of his generation, joined the Los
Angeles Philharmonic as Principal Bassoon as Maestro Gustavo Dudamel’s first appointment.
He came to Los Angeles after 12 years as Principal Bassoon of the Metropolitan Opera
Orchestra. Prior to his work in New York, Crockett held the same position with the Montreal
Symphony Orchestra, and earlier in his career he held Principal Bassoon positions with the
Florida Orchestra, the South Florida Symphony, and the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacionál of the
Dominican Republic. He also currently serves as principal bassoon with the All Star Orchestra.
As a soloist, Crockett has appeared with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles
Philharmonic, the Florida Orchestra, the Yamagata Symphony Orchestra, the Bellingham,
Classical Tahoe and Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestras, and Les Violons du Roy.
An avid chamber musician, he has performed regularly on the MET Chamber Players series at
Carnegie Hall, and he has recorded, performed, and toured extensively with the New York
Kammermusiker double reed ensemble.
A leading pedagogue, Mr. Crockett has served on the faculties of the Juilliard and Manhattan
Schools of music, as well as McGill University in Montreal and the Académie de Verbier in
Switzerland. He has given master classes at numerous institutions, including the Domaine
Forget in Québec, the Curtis Institute, the Puerto Rico Conservatory, and many universities
across the United States. In the fall he begins his tenure on the faculty of Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida.
A native of Miami, Whitney Crockett began his bassoon studies with Michael Finn and Luciano
Magnanini. He is a graduate of the Juilliard School, where he studied with Stephen Maxym.