Richard Paley has been the principal bassoonist of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, IBA since 1982. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, he immigrated to Israel in 1978. Paley frequently premiers and records new works by Israeli and foreign composers. He performs with Ensemble of the 21st Century, of which he is a founding member, the Boston Chamber Music Society, Collegium Atlantis and other chamber ensembles. He is among the pioneers of performances of baroque and classical music on period instruments in Israel. Currently he teaches modern and baroque bassoon and chamber music at the Jerusalem Academy of Music where. Paley received his formal musical education at the New England Conservatory of Music.