Wendy Holdaway studied bassoon at the New England Conservatory, obtaining her Master’s Degree and working with the Boston Opera. Since settling in México in 1982 she has played with the Fine Arts Opera Orchestra and the Orchestra of the State of México. She is currently principal bassoon of the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional.
In 1992 she was awarded a grant from the Council for the Arts to create a new repertoire for bassoon and piano. With both the Mexico City Woodwind Quintet and Trio Neos she has received multiple grants from Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes and Cultural Contact (Mexico/US Fund for Culture) which resulted in the commissioning, premiering and recording of Mexican and American works.
With the Mexico City Woodwind Quintet she has recorded four compact discs of Mexican music and Latin American music. She has also collaborated with many Mexican composers in the creation and recording of their music. With Trio Neos she has recorded four compact discs of Mexican and Latin American music, including one of music of women composers of the Americas and classical works written for the combination. With Mario Lavista she recorded both a video and a compact disc of his piece “Responsorio” for bassoon and percussion.
As a soloist she has performed with many of the orchestras of México with repertoire ranging from the classics to the twenty first century and continues to champion the new music of Mexican composers for bassoon.
She currently teaches bassoon and chamber music at the “Vida y Movimiento” (Conservatory of Music) where she created and wrote the syllabus for bassoon and the wind chamber music program.