David Sogg joined the PSO as Co-Principal Bassoon in 1989. Raised in SanJose, California, he studied with Jerry Dagg of the San Francisco Opera as a junior high school student. A graduate of Harvard College with a major in German literature, David studied with the Boston Symphony's Sherman Walt, then with Günter Piesk of the Berlin Philharmonic and finally with Norman Herzberg to receive a Master of Music from the University of Southern California. After two summer fellowships at the Tanglewood Music Center and with a fellowship from the Frank Huntington Beebe Fund for Musicians, he began his professional career.
Before joining the PSO, David served as Principal Bassoon of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Omaha Symphony and Chamber Orchestra. He has appeared on numerous occasions with the Berlin Philharmonic, the Minnesota Orchestra, the San Diego Symphony, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He is a founding member of the summer Brightstar Music Festival in Charlotte, North Carolina, and a frequent performer with the Pittsburgh Chamber Music Project. A proponent of the performance of contemporary music, he has performed contemporary American, Chinese, French, and Russian pieces for his peers at the International Double Reed Society conferences. In recent years he has performed recitals in Pittsburgh, San Jose, and Tallahassee, as well as at Duquesne University Mary Pappert School of Music where he is a member of the performance faculty. David has given master classes in Boston, San Jose, and the People's Republic of China, and has attracted students from around the US, and from Bulgaria and Venezuela. With his wife, Lisa Parker, a philosopher who teaches at the University of Pittsburgh, David enjoys Pittsburgh's many theater, opera, and chamber music performances, and each summer he plans a long-distance bicycle tour.