Truman Harris



…the appeal of this music to wind musicians everywhere can hardly be doubted.
— Richard Whitehouse, Gramophone
…impeccable craftsmanship and a deft, light touch, often with touches of humor.
Records International

Composer and bassoonist Truman Harris has been praised for his “impeccable craftsmanship” (Records International) and for his “sensitive understanding” (Music Web International) of the capabilities of the instruments for which he composes.

A recording of works by Truman Harris, A Warm Day in Winter (Naxos 8.559858), was released on March 8, 2019. The album features six works written for and performed by members of the National Symphony Orchestra and Eclipse Chamber Orchestra. Gramophone Magazine called Harris’s music “winsome and engaging” and Music Web International wrote that the album is “hugely enjoyable”.

Mr. Harris was composer-in-residence at Eclipse Chamber Orchestra (Washington, DC) 2004-2014, which premiered several of his works during that time. In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, he was commissioned to write a fanfare for the National Symphony Orchestra. The resulting work, Prelude for 12 Violas, was performed by the NSO conducted by Leonard Slatkin.

From 1973 until his retirement in 2017, Truman Harris was bassoonist with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington D.C., becoming Assistant Principal in 2000. He was also Principal Bassoonist of Eclipse Chamber Orchestra from its founding in 1992 until 2017, and was bassoonist of the Capitol Woodwind Quintet (1977-2012), National Musical Arts (ensemble in-residence at the National Academy of Sciences), and the Twenty-First Century Consort at the Smithsonian Institute.