Heralded a “bold, emergent, personality” by the Philadelphia Inquirer, Harrison Hollingsworth is widely regarded as one of the premier wind players of his generation. He is Principal Bassoon of the New York City Ballet Orchestra at Lincoln Center, and is much in demand as a principal bassoonist, chamber musician, soloist, and pedagogue. Harrison has performed concertos with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Symphony in C, and others, and plays recitals everywhere from the Kennedy Center to La Mortella in Ischia, Italy. He has also played with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestras of St. Luke’s, Mostly Mozart, the Metropolitan Opera, and the Chautauqua Symphony.
An enthusiastic chamber musician, Harrison is a founding member of the musically eclectic Sixth Floor Trio, which tours across the country and has soloed with the Orchestras of Detroit and Louisville. He has also performed with Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players, and the Kingston, Olympic, Bay Chamber and Chesapeake Music Festivals, among many others. As a pedagogue, Harrison has taught classes at the Manhattan School for Music and the Chautauqua Music Festival, and judged competitions and auditions at the Juilliard School.
Harrison is also a conductor of “polish, vigor, and energy” (NY Times), and serves as Music Director for Redeemer Downtown and as occasional guest conductor for the New York City Ballet. He was formerly the Music Director of the Columbia Bach Society and the Assistant Conductor and Conducting Fellow of the New York Youth Symphony.
Harrison also plays fiddle and writes original music with his Downtown Folk Band. He lives in Manhattan with his wife Leah, a violist and writer, and their three children.