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Tristan Rennie

Tristan Rennie

Acting Principal

  • Adjunct Professor at the University of Northern Colorado
  • Performed at the Idyllwild, Sarasota, Aspen and Marlboro Music Festivals
  • Annual panel presenter at Denver Pop Culture Con

Tristan Rennie (he/him) joined the Colorado Symphony as the Second/Assistant Principal Bassoon in 2006. He has served as Acting Associate Principal Bassoon with the Cincinnati Symphony, Guest Principal Bassoon with the Baltimore Symphony and Hong Kong Philharmonic, and held the Second Bassoon position with the Ann Arbor Symphony and Aspen Festival Orchestra. He also performed as Principal Bassoon on the 2005 Grammy Award winning classical album Songs of Innocence and Experience by William Bolcom, conducted by Leonard Slatkin and recorded with the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra. In 2024, Tristan made his solo debut with the Colorado Symphony performing the Mozart Bassoon concerto and was a featured soloist with the Denver Concert Band.

A lover of chamber music, Tristan has performed at the Idyllwild, Sarasota, Aspen, and Marlboro Music Festivals and performs extensively around the Greater Denver area. He received his B.M. at the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music and his M.M. at the University of Michigan. His principal teachers include William Winstead, Richard Beene and Per Hannevold.

In addition to his work with the Colorado Symphony, Tristan is also Adjunct Professor of Bassoon at the University of Northern Colorado. As a teacher, he has given masterclasses all over the world and has presented and performed at the International Double Reed Society Conventions. He has also hosted panel presentations at Fan Expo Denver where he is able to combine his love of classical music and his fandom of the “Star Wars” films.