Heralded “a bold, emergent personality” by the Philadelphia Inquirer, Harrison Hollingsworth is principal bassoonist at the New York City Ballet Orchestra at Lincoln Center, and has appeared as principal bassoonist with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the Long Island Philharmonic, and the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra (as well as professor at the Chautauqua Music Festival). Also a conductor, Harrison made his New York City Ballet debut with four conducting appearances last season, the first of which Oberon’s Grove hailed as “a finely-judged performance.” Harrison is the Assistant Conductor of the New York Youth Symphony and the Music Director of the Columbia University Bach Society.
Harrison is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music (bassoon) and the Mannes College for Music (conducting), and is currently on the roster of Astral Artists as a bassoon soloist. An avid chamber musician, Harrison has performed at the Kingston Music Festival, with Chesapeake Chamber Music, and in 2012 founded Miami’s Fairchild GardenMusic Festival with his trio (www.sixthfloortrio.com). He also plays and sings bluegrass (fiddle, not bassoon) with his 5-piece band (www.unionstreetpreservationsociety.com), and with the kiddie music group Spencer Chandler and Friends. Harrison lives in Hell’s Kitchen with his wife Leah, with whom he is expecting his first-born son any day now.