DAVID SAVIGE, bassoon
David Savige, currently the second bassoonist of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, is a native of Atlanta, Georgia. For two years he was the second bassoonist of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington D.C., and performed with them on an Asian tour in 2009. He was the Assistant Principal/Second bassoonist of the Nashville Symphony in their 2001-2002 season, and in 2014, played bassoon and contrabassoon with the St. Louis Symphony in their opera season. Before moving to the Tidewater area of Virginia, he was the Principal bassoonist of the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera and the Atlanta Opera Orchestra, and played second bassoon with Atlanta Ballet and Macon Symphony orchestras. He has also performed extensively and recorded with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, served as the second bassoonist with the Florida Orchestra, and has performed with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, the Alabama Symphony, the Charleston Symphony, the Savannah Symphony, and numerous chamber ensembles. He and former VSO Principal bassoonist, Andy Gott, were featured soloists with the Virginia Symphony in Vanhal's Concerto in F for two bassoons and orchestra in 2004. He holds degrees in Performance from Temple University and the Eastman School of Music, where he also earned the Performer's Certificate. He is also on the music faculty of Old Dominion University. His wife, Christine Gustafson, is the Professor of Flute at East Carolina University, and performs recitals and gives master classes around the world.