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Richard Ranti joined the BSO as associate principal bassoonist in 1989, where he occupies the Diana Osgood Tottenham/Hamilton Osgood chair. He is also the principal bassoonist of the Boston Pops.

With the Walden Chamber Players, Ranti has released a recording of works for solo bassoonist with strings, to which The Double Reed magazine said, "Finally! A CD from one of this generation's greatest bassoonists!!"

At the age of 19, Ranti won the second bassoon position in the Philadelphia Orchestra. A Tanglewood Music Center Fellow in 1982, Ranti has also participated in the Spoleto and Marlboro festivals. He won second prize in the 1982 Toulon International Bassoon Competition, and is the recipient of two Canada Council grants.

Curtis Institute. Studies with Sol Schoenbach.