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Fernando Zuñiga-Chanto

Universidad de Costa Rica
Pianist
Born in Costa Rica, Fernando Zúñiga is equally at home when playing bassoon or piano. Sought after as a collaborative pianist, orchestral bassoonist, and chamber musician both in bassoon and piano, Fernando’s international appearances include the International Double Reed Society Conferences in Buenos Aires, Argentina (2000), Austin, Texas (2005), Ithaca, New York (2007), Redlands, Los Angeles (2013), and New York (2014) as a member of the Phoenix Bassoon Quartet of Costa Rica. He has also toured with wind quintets in Nicaragua and Costa Rica, and he toured Spain as a member of the Orquesta Sinfónica Juvenil de Costa Rica. As a soloist, Fernando has performed with Orquesta Sinfónica Juvenil de Costa Rica, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Costa Rica, Sewanee Festival Orchestra, Baylor Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Municipal de Heredia (Costa Rica), Orquesta Sinfónica Municipal de Cartago (Costa Rica), Banda de Conciertos de Cartago (Costa Rica), Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Panamá, Orquesta Sinfónica de la Universidad de Costa Rica OSUCR, among others. As a pianist, his engagements include appearances with important figures such as oboist Alex Klein, flutist Susan Milan, flutist Gro Sandvik, clarinetist Sabine Grofmeier, clarinetist Antonio Saiote, clarinetist Jorge Montilla, clarinetist Steve Cohen, bassoonist Benjamin Coelho, among others. Mr. Zuniga previously served as bassoonist of the Orquesta Sinfónica de la Universidad de Costa Rica, Baylor Symphony, Baylor Wind Ensemble, Waco Symphony Orchestra, Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra, Arizona Symphony Orchestra, and contrabassoonist with Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Costa Rica and Waco Symphony Orchestra. Fernando is principal bassoon of Orquesta Sinfónica de la Universidad de Costa Rica OSUCR Currently, Fernando teaches at the Universidad de Costa Rica (San José, Costa Rica).