Rebekah Heller is a bassoon soloist, collaborative artist, educator, and advocate for new music. As artistic director and bassoonist of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Ms. Heller has premiered hundreds of new works. Her two solo albums, 100 names and METAFAGOTE, exclusively feature World Premiere recordings of pieces written for and with her by a diverse group of contemporary composers.
Ms. Heller has been a featured soloist with the Seattle Symphony and the Nagoya Philharmonic. In the fall of 2018 she makes her debut with the New York Philharmonic, playing the music of longtime collaborator Ashley Fure. This season sees her continuing to collaborate with a wide array of composers, including Du Yun, Courtney Bryan, and George Lewis, on the stages of MetLiveArts, Miller Theatre, National Sawdust, ISSUE Project Room, and beyond.
Committed to fostering conversations around new ways music can be experienced and shared, Ms. Heller has been a featured panelist at the New York Public Library, Miller Theatre, and the Abrons Arts Center. She has led workshops and given lectures and master classes at the Oberlin Conservatory, Peabody Institute, Brown University, Manhattan School of Music, University of Michigan, The University of Texas at Austin, and most recently at the Banff Centre’s ICE-led summer program, Ensemble Evolution. As an overseer of ICEcommons, a free, crowdsourced index of newly composed music, Ms. Heller spearheads ICE’s mission of promoting underrepresented voices in contemporary music and diversifying the canon.
Before joining ICE in 2008, Rebekah Heller served as the principal bassoonist of the Jacksonville Symphony, and has served as a member of the New World Symphony and the Chicago Civic Orchestra. She holds degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory and The University of Texas at Austin. She lives in Manhattan.