Benjamin Coelho currently serves as the Professor of Bassoon at the University of Iowa. He has appeared as soloist, chamber and orchestral musician, teacher and clinician in Australia, Europe, and the Americas. An enthusiastic proponent of new music, Ben has commissioned, performed and recorded many works by European, American and Latin American composers. He has released seven critically acclaimed CDs garnering praise from numerous national and international specialized media. Currently, he performs as the principal bassoon with the Quad City Symphony Orchestra (Illinois/Iowa) and serves as the interim director of the University of Iowa School of Music. Ben lives in Iowa City, IA with his beloved wife Karen and their wonderful daughters Liliana and Julia.