photo Michael Burke

photo Michael Burke

Kenneth Munday

principal bassoon

Kenneth Munday serves as principal bassoon with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, appointed by Sir Neville Marriner at the age of 23. He has collaborated as a soloist with all the subsequent music directors, performing concertos by Mozart and Vivaldi, as well as the world premiere of John Steinmetz’s Bassoon Concerto. He has performed Michael Daugherty’s Dead Elvis in full Elvis costume and improvised bassoon solos in Richard Todd’s ceLebrACıOn, a jazz-infused piece commissioned for the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s 40th anniversary. Recently, Munday and music director Jeffrey Kahane performed Love of Zero, a bassoon concerto that accompanies a silent film by Robert Flory and written by Hugo Gonzales-Pioli. Kenneth has toured with the Orchestra to South America, throughout the United States and to Italy, Germany, Austria, France and Spain.

He has recorded Richard Strauss’s Duet Concertino with David Shifrin for Nonesuch Records and received international acclaim for his performance of Luciano Berio’s 19-minute Sequenza XII for Naxos. The piece includes many extended techniques including various tonguing techniques; long, slow glissandi; multiphonics and double circular breathing. He has performed and recorded with Christof Penderecki, serving as principal bassoon on the Grammy Award-winning recording of Penderecki’s Credo with the Oregon Bach Festival conducted by Helmuth Rilling. Kenneth has performed on baroque and classical period bassoons in orchestras throughout the United States.

Working as principal bassoon for many composers, Kenneth has played on hundreds of film scores. He has participated in scoring workshops for film composition students from USC, ASCAP and BMI.

In addition to his duties with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Kenneth has performed as principal bassoon at the Mainly Mozart Festival and with the LA Opera, Los Angeles Philharmonic and Pasadena Symphony, and orchestras of the American Ballet Theater, Dance Theater of Harlem, Joffrey and Kirov ballets.

Kenneth is a graduate of California Institute of the Arts.