Bassoonist Jessica Kunttu holds degrees from UNC-Chapel Hill (B.M., B.A.) and Stony Brook University (M.M., D.M.A.). Her primary teachers include Mark Popkin, John Pederson, and Frank Morelli. As a performer, Jessica plays regularly with the North Carolina Symphony, the Hamptons Festival Orchestra, and the North Shore ProMusica, as well as groups throughout North Carolina and New York. As a teacher, she most recently gave a masterclass at Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, Va.
Jessica enjoys exploring the extremes of her instrument and believes that understanding its past and future are equally important to becoming an effective artist. She has performed baroque bassoon with the UNC Baroque Ensemble, Stony Brook Baroque Players, and the NC Baroque Orchestra. She has also commissioned and premiered solo and chamber music works for the modern bassoon, including several works from a long-time collaboration with jazz vibraphonist and composer Eldad Tarmu.
Apart from the bassoon, Jessica spends her time sewing, teaching Italian, and taking care of dogs.