From the recording Breve Duo Latino for Flute and Bassoon
Gary Moody and I co-commissioned this work from Richard Cioffari, Music Professor Emeritus at Bowling Green State University and a frequent piano collaborator for recitals in Central Columbus. Gary is Professor of Double Reeds and Music Theory at Colorado State University in Fort Collins; we were colleagues in the Breckenridge (CO) Music Festival for nearly 20 years together. We perceived a lack in the repertoire for quality duos for flute and bassoon, and hope many musicians discover and perform this piece!
Richard Cioffari holds degrees from The University of Michigan, and is Professor Emeritus at Bowling Green State University, where he taught for many years, including seven years as Department of Performance Studies chairman. He currently holds the Reinberger Foundation Chair as keyboardist with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and appears frequently as assisting pianist and chamber recitalist. A published composer and arranger, his works are regularly commissioned and performed by artists nationally and internationally, and have been featured at conferences of the International Double Reed Society, the International Horn Society, the International Trumpet Guild, the National Flute Association, and on NPR. Several of Professor Cioffari's works appear on the Music Educator's National Conference state affiliates' contest lists. He is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers and is listed in the International Who's Who in Music. An unusually versatile musician, he has performed as principal double bassist of the North Carolina Symphony and has recently served as conductor of the Ohio Wesleyan University Chamber Orchestra and the Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra of Columbus.