You don't decide to be an artist, you discover that you are one. – James Baldwin
Gerik Fon-Revutzky, bassoon and contrabassoon, is an active freelancer and instructor throughout Chicagoland, Milwaukee and Indiana. Gerik is the contrabassoonist with Rockford Symphony and the Wisconsin Philharmonic. Furthermore, from 2014-2016, Gerik is serving as the substitute second bassoonist for the Rockford Symphony. He also regularly performs on both bassoon and contrabassoon with numerous other area orchestras, and is on the sub list of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Gerik has performed with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago under the batons of Pierre Boulez and Daniel Barenboim. Gerik has toured and performed extensively both nationally and internationally including Russia, Finland, England and Canada.
In addition to his busy performing schedule Gerik is also an active teacher. He is currently on the faculty of the University of St. Francis, and Joliet Junior College where he teaches a woodwind technique and an exploration of music literature course respectively, as well as teaching lessons. Furthermore Gerik teaches lessons at the Music Institute of Chicago, Neuqua Valley, Metea Valley, Waubonsie Valley, Schaumburg, Fremd, Wheeling, Hersey and Lake Forest High Schools. Gerik has given masterclasses at Western Illinois University, CSUSacramento, and Davis High School and has been a clinician at the Chicago Double Reed Festival as well as the CYSO Double Reed Festival. During the summers of 2000-2006 Gerik was the bassoon instructor, Assistant Manager and Head Librarian at the Luzerne Music Center. While there, Gerik made his professional acting debut playing the role of the Soldier in Stravinsky’s Le Histoire du Soldat with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra performing.
Gerik earned his Bachelor’s degree at California State University, Sacramento in Bassoon Performance with Secondary Emphasis in Orchestral Conducting. While there he performed with the Liberace Woodwind Quintet, a scholarship ensemble, and won the concerto competition with Weber’s Bassoon Concerto. Gerik then went on to earn his Masters degree from Northwestern University in Bassoon Performance with Secondary Emphasis in Contrabassoon and Orchestral Conducting. Gerik’s major teachers have included: Douglas Huff, Susan Willoughby, Steve Dibner, and Robert Barris. As a conductor Gerik has studied with: Leo Eylar, Mariusj Smolij, and Victor Yampolsky. Gerik has also been included in the International Who’s Who in Music and Musicians’ Directory.