Fernando Traba, Principal Bassoon of the Sarasota Orchestra, is a native of Mexico City, Mexico. He began his musical studies with his father at the age of six, and at 22 he received the National Youth Award for musical excellence from the President of Mexico. He has served as Principal Bassoon with all five major orchestras in Mexico City, as well as other orchestras in Mexico, Spain and Portugal.
Traba received his Bachelor and Master's Degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music and has done postgraduate study at the Juilliard School. He has been a soloist with the Sarasota Orchestra and is a member of the Sarasota Woodwind Quintet. He is married to Betsy Traba, Principal Flute of the Sarasota Orchestra, and they have two daughters, both competitive swimmers. Fernando has two rather diverse hobbies, cooking and auto mechanics. This will be his second visit to Music Mondays.