After winning the Principal Bassoon position with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in 2012, Fei Xie became the first Chinese born bassoonist to hold such position in a major American symphony orchestra. Prior to joining the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra as second bassoonist in 2008, Mr. Xie held the same position with the Houston Grand Opera, and was the Principal bassoonist of the Mansfield Symphony of Ohio. Fei Xie has performed as guest principal bassoonist with orchestras such as Houston Symphony Orchestra, and Baltimore Chamber Orchestra. In 2010, He was a finalist of the International Double Reed Society’s Gillet-Fox competition, where he was the only American bassoonist chosen for the final round. Mr. Xie has performed as soloist with Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in works of Mozart and Haydn. He made his concerto debut with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra performing the Mozart Bassoon Concerto, and received high praise from critics of the Washington Post and Baltimore Sun.
Fei Xie has performed at many summer music festivals, such as Sun Valley Summer Festival, Tanglewood Music Center, National Repertory Orchestra, and Music Academy of the West. In the summers of 2012 and 2013 Mr. Xie was a faculty member at Compos do Jordäo International Music Festival in Brazil. He performed the Kalevi Aho Quintet for bassoon and strings with the award-winning Quarteto Radamés Gnattali in Brazil, and was described by Mr. Aho himself as having “the perfect sound.” As an avid educator, Mr. Xie has taught master-classes throughout conservatories and festivals in USA, China, and Brazil. Fei Xie will be joining the faculty of the University of Maryland School of Music beginning in fall of 2016.
A Native of China, Fei Xie came from a musical family. His parents and uncle are renowned Peking Opera musicians. He started piano lessons at age of 3, and began bassoon studies when he was 13 at the Middle School Attached to the Central Conservatory of Music, where his teachers were Yunhua Dai, and Ju Zhu. Fei Xie holds a bachelor degree of music from Oberlin Conservatory, and Master’s degree of music from Rice University. His major teachers and influences are George Sakakeeny, and Benjamin Kamins.