Catherine Marchese is a solo and chamber bassoonist. She earned her BM and MM degrees at the Juilliard School where she studied with both William Polisi and Loren Glickman. She earned a DMA from the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris, and a certificate of advanced bassoon studies at the Mozarteum in Salzburg where she studied with Milan Turkovic and played under the baton of Nikolaus Harnoncourt. An active solo and chamber musician, she is the first woman soloist to have performed on the Vienna Opera stage, and has performed as a soloist throughout the US and Europe. Her performance of the Mozart Bassoon Concerto was recorded live from the Salle Pleyel in Paris, as was her performance with the RAI in Naples. In Paris, Jean Francaix chose her as the soloist for his Bassoon Concerto and subsequently wrote a piece for her. Other composers who have written for her include Emile Naoumoff, Francoise Choveaux, David Canfield, and Adrian Williams. She premiered the Glenn Gould Bassoon Sonata both on French radio and for Sony Classical. Other recordings can be found on the Sony, Sude, Saphir, and Gega labels. She is presently principal bassoon with the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra and enjoys frequent freelance engagements in the Indianapolis area. She is a member of the Glickman Ensemble, a touring bassoon quintet based in New York City, and is also a teacher of both English as a Second Language and French, and was recently named Teacher of the Year by the Bloomington Chamber of Commerce Franklin Initiative.