The Kennedy Center

Ari Allal



Biography

Ari Allal is an active freelance bassoonist throughout the Washington D.C. area.  Previously, he served as the principal bassoonist for the Plymouth Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Canton, both located in southeast Michigan.  During this time, Mr. Allal also performed with the Toledo Symphony, the Windsor Symphony, and the Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra.  Since moving to the D.C. area, Mr. Allal has performed with the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra (including the Washington National Opera’s production of Wagner’s Siegfried) and with the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra.  Additionally, he has played in a number of prestigious and internationally renowned music festivals, including the National Orchestral Institute, the Sarasota Music Festival, and the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada.  During the summer of 2008, Mr. Allal performed as the principal bassoonist of Opera du Perigord’s production of Offenbach’s La Perichole and La Vie Parisienne in France. He is an active teacher and mentor to young bassoonists, having taught extensively in both the private setting and as section mentor to the bassoonists of the Detroit Civic Youth Orchestra.  Mr. Allal received his Master’s degree from the University of Michigan and studied with Jeffrey Lyman.  He holds Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Maryland in music performance and music education, where he studied with Sue Heinemann.  He is currently a music teacher at Bowie High School and Strathmore Artist-in-Residence.
Ari Allal