In June, 2012 Fei Xie was appointed principal bassoonist of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, effective September 2012.
Fei Xie joined the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra as second bassoonist in January 2008. A native of China, Mr. Xie comes from a musical family: his parents are renowned Peking Opera musicians. He started studying piano at age three and at 13 began bassoon studies at the middle school attached to the Central Conservatory of Music, where he studied with YunHua Dai and Jun Zhu. Mr. Xie graduated in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in music from Oberlin College, where he studied with George Sakakeeny. While still a student at Oberlin, he performed with the Akron Symphony and the Canton Symphony, and served as principal bassoonist of Mansfield Symphony in the 2003-2004 season. Mr. Xie also holds a master’s degree in Music from Rice University (2006), where he was a student of Benjamin Kamins, the former principal bassoonist of the Houston Symphony. As a student at Rice, he performed at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage.
Mr. Xie joined the Houston Grand Opera while he was in the second year of his master’s degree, and has also performed with Houston Symphony as guest principal bassoonist. He has attended many music festivals, among them the Music Academy of the West, the National Repertory Orchestra, Tanglewood Music Center, and Sun Valley Summer Symphony. Mr. Xie was a finalist in the 2010 Gillet-Fox International Bassoon Competition, and he was the only American bassoonist chosen for the final round.
When not playing the bassoon, Mr. Xie enjoys spending time with his family, and cooking Chinese food with his wife.