Bassoonist Nanci Belmont, praised as "outstanding" by the New York Classical Review, is a dynamic musician enjoying a diverse career as a performer, educator, and arts advocate.
Recognized for her artistry as a soloist, Nanci is the Second Prize winner of the 2016 Fernand Gillet-Hugo Fox Competition of the International Double Reed Society. She has appeared as a concerto soloist on multiple occasions, including performances of the Strauss Duett Concertino for Clarinet and Bassoon and the Gubaidulina Concerto for Bassoon and Low Strings.
Chamber music is an integral part of Nanci’s career; she enjoys programming and performing on concert series in New York and beyond. From 2012-2014 she was the bassoonist with Ensemble Connect - a Program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute. A proponent of the music of our time, she is a member of The City of Tomorrow, a wind quintet dedicated to the performance and expansion of contemporary repertoire. In other contemporary chamber music ventures, Nanci has collaborated with the International Contemporary Ensemble, Argento Chamber Ensemble, and Talea Ensemble.
As an orchestral musician, Nanci has performed with ensembles including the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra, and New York City Ballet. Memorable international experiences include performances of Peter Grimes in the United Kingdom for the Benjamin Britten Centennial and a European tour with Ensemble intercontemporain in collaboration with the Lucerne Festival.
Nanci aims to cultivate meaningful relationships and relevant musical experiences through performance and in her role as an educator, she strives to cultivate curious, lifelong learners in music. She is currently the Assistant Professor of Bassoon at Louisiana State University, and previously served on faculty at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, MA. Nanci has presented master classes at a variety of colleges and universities across the country and spends part of her summer on faculty at the Trentino Music Festival Chamber Music & Orchestral Studio in Italy. She received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Stony Brook University, a Master of Music degree from Manhattan School of Music, and a Bachelor of Music degree from Florida State University. Her primary bassoon teachers include Jeff Keesecker and Frank Morelli.