RICHARD LOTTRIDGE |
"I can still remember the day 33 years ago, in 1965, when a bunch of us bassoon students stood outside the rehearsal hall in Madison, Wisconsin, with our ears pressed to the door listening to the audition of Richard Lottridge, then bassoonist and contrabassoonist with the
Chicago Symphony, who was applying for the bassoon position at the University of Wisconsin. His Mozart Concerto literally danced! And so did our hearts with the anticipation that he might be our new bassoon professor. Then as now, Dick did not disappoint us. Over the 32 years he spent teaching generations of bassoonists and performing in the resident Wingra Wind Quintet and as principal of the Madison Symphony, as well as occasional stints back with the CSO, or as visiting faculty at Indiana University, Dick has always "delivered", with his first rate musicianship and artistry. Combine that with a tremendous wit and personality and you have a person who becomes more than your teacher, but a friend for life." (Ronald Klimko)
Richard’s Lottridge’s musicial education includes an Artist Diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music. a B. Mus. from Yale University and a M. Mus. from the American Conservatory of Music.
From 1951-54, he served in the U.S. Army Field Band. His other professional playing includes the New Orleans Symphony, 1955-56, seven years with the Chicago Symphony, 1958-65, where he played under the batons of Fritz Reiner, Jean Martinon, and many guest conductors.
In 1965, Lottridge left the Chicago Symphony to join the faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he taught bassoon and chamber music until his retirement in 1997. He is a founding member of the Wingra Quintet, and was a member of the Madison Symphony Orchestra from 1965-2005.
He has toured extensively with the Army field Band, New Orleans Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Artic Chamber Orchestra of Fairbanks , AK, the American Sinfonietta, and the Wingra Quintet. He can be seen and heard on several of the videos "Chicago Symphony Orchestra" (historic telecasts), and heard on many CSO recordings from the late 1950’s to 1965. He has recorded with the Wingra Quintet, including music of Roscoe Mitchell on Lovely Records, and "Wilder Bassoon", an album of the bassoon music of Alec Wilder, and "Something New", an album featuring jazz bassoon and original compositions by Lottridge and Joan Wildman.
He is featured on the video "Basics of Bassoon", produced by the Department of Continuing Education in the Arts, Division of University Outreach, U.W.-Madison.