Kanata Symphony Orchestra
Richard Hoenich, Bassoonist
Montreal-born Richard Hoenich enjoys a distinguished career as a performer, conductor, and educator. While acting as principal bassoonist with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra from 1979 to 1991, he began to work as a conductor, and was eventually appointed associate conductor of the MSO by music director Charles Dutoit. Richard Hoenich has conducted professional orchestras on four continents, and at such distinguished foreign venues as the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, the Zarzuela Theatre in Madrid, and the Salle Pleyel in Paris. In Canada, he has conducted among others, the Toronto Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, and the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa. Richard has recorded extensively both in the orchestra and on the podium and appears on CDs issued by Decca, New World Records, Albany, Liscio, Marquis Classics, and McGill Records labels.
In 1992, Richard moved to Boston with his family to become director of orchestral activities at the New England Conservatory of Music. He also became closely associated with the New World Symphony in Miami, and was the first guest in the orchestra’s history to be invited to conduct a foreign tour, to Costa Rica. His work with gifted aspiring professionals in Boston and Miami inspired Richard to devote part of his energies to help mold the next generation of orchestra performers.
To that end, he returned to Canada in 2007 to establish the Brooke Valley Musician’s Retreat in rural Ontario, where he works with professional musicians who want to win an orchestral position but have yet to be successful.