Kai Rocke

Kai Rocke

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An aspiring orchestral performer, teacher and chamber musician, bassoonist Kai Rocke has performed in the New Bedford Symphony, the Atlantic Symphony, Haffner Sinfonietta, the Shreveport Symphony, the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and the Amici Wind Quintet in numerous concert halls including Boston’s Symphony Hall, Carnegie Hall, Boston’s Jordan Hall and the Rudolfinum in Prague. He received his bachelor’s degree from the New England Conservatory in 2017 studying with Gregg Henegar of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He recently completed his master’s degree at Rice University with Benjamin Kamins, renowned bassoonist, pedagogue and former member of the Minnesota Orchestra. Rocke has attended festivals such as The Music Academy of the West and the National Symphony Orchestra’s Summer Music Institute, and he was previously a fellow in the National Symphony Orchestra’s Youth Fellowship Program. His other instructors have included Sue Heineman, Lewis Lipnick and David Brundage. Rocke began his musical endeavors at age 10, playing saxophone in his elementary school band, and then learned to play the clarinet and the bassoon in middle school. His interest in bassoon grew and he decided to pursue music as a career. In his spare time Rocke enjoys spending time with friends and family, reading books and playing chamber music.