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Meet The Artists

 

Get to know the performers and educators that proudly play on Fox Products instruments.

Aaron Hill

Associate Professor of Oboe at University of Nevada, Reno

Aaron Hill currently serves as Associate Professor of Oboe at University of Nevada, Reno. He is also Principal Oboe with the Wintergreen Festival Orchestra.

Albie Micklich

Professor of Bassoon at Arizona State University

Albie Micklich is Professor of Bassoon at Arizona State and Chair of IDRS Gillet-Fox Bassoon Competition. “Micklich’s playing is strikingly moving and compelling, sowing sensitivity, a gorgeous tone…

Albie Micklich

Current position(s): Professor of Bassoon at Arizona State University and Chair of IDRS Gillet-Fox Bassoon Competition

Previous position(s): Faculty member at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, University of Missouri-Columbia, Michigan State University, and University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Co-Principal Bassoon for ProMusica Chamber Orchestra; Principal Bassoon for Lincoln Symphony; member of Moran Quintet and Missouri Quintet

Education: Michigan State University (DMA), The Juilliard School (MM), and Indiana University of Pennsylvania (BS)

Recordings: Cantando, Albie Micklich (Soundset); Supernova, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra (Summit); Resounding, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra (Summit); Triumvirate, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra (Summit); Bassoon Surrounded: 20th Century Music for Bassoon and Percussion (MSR Classics); Wind Chamber Music of Theodor Blumer, Vol. 2 and Vol.3 with Moran Quintet (Crystal Records); David Maslanka's Woodwind Quintet #3 and Music for Dr. Who for bassoon and piano with Missouri Quintet (Albany Records)

Publications: Claude Debussy Suite for bassoon and piano (TrevCo Music Publishing); Johann Sebastian Bach Sonata in C Major, BWV 1031 for bassoon and piano (TrevCo Music Publishing); Robert Schumann Six Studies in Canonic Form, Op. 56 for oboe, bassoon and piano (TrevCo Music Publishing); Francisco Tárrega Lágrima, Maria, and Recuerdos del Alhambra for two bassoons (TrevCo Music Publishing); Igor Stravinsky Suite for Woodwind Sextet (Potenza Music); Antonio Vivaldi Sposa son disprezzata (Potenza Music); Max Bruch Three Pieces for clarinet, bassoon, and piano (Potenza Music)

Commentary by Critics: "Micklich's playing is strikingly moving and compelling, sowing sensitivity, a gorgeous tone quality in all register, and an uncanny ability to grab his listeners... [He] shows a rare combination of technical perfection and musical sensitivity." - The Double Reed Journal review of the CD Cantando

Notable performances/accomplishments: Concerto performances and solo recitals at IDRS conferences; co-host of IDRS 2011 at Arizona State University; concerto performance with Lincoln Symphony; performance of Christopher Theofanidis's Bassoon Concerto with the ASU Symphony Orchestra; won The Juilliard School, Michigan State University, and Johnstown Symphony (PA) concerto competitions; students have won the prestigious Fulbright Award and the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) Award

Teaching Opportunities: Masterclasses throughout the USA, Europe, Japan, and Brazil

Instrument: Fox Model 680

For more information on Albie Micklich, visit his website here.

Ann Shoemaker

Assistant Professor of Bassoon at Baylor University

Ann Shoemaker is known for her varied career as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral player, and educator. She has given guest solo recitals at universities across the country.

Ann Shoemaker

Current position(s): Assistant Professor of Bassoon at Baylor University; Principal Bassoon for Shreveport (LA) and Waco (TX) Symphony Orchestras

Previous position(s): Positions with Greensboro, Salisbury, and Hendersonville Symphony Orchestras; founding member of Relevents Wind Quintet (toured throughout U.S. and Germany); faculty member at Furman University, Davidson College, and North Carolina School of the Arts

Education: Bachelor of Music from Furman University; Master of Music from Yale School of Music; Doctor of Musical Arts from University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Notable performances/accomplishments: featured with InterHarmony Music Festival Orchestra, Carolina Youth Symphony, Colorado College Summer Music Festival Orchestra, and University of North Carolina at Greensboro Orchestra; performed with Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players; Nyfenger Award for Outstanding Woodwind Performance while at Yale.

Instrument: Fox Model 660

For more information on Ann Shoemaker, visit http://www.annshoemaker.com/

 

The Breaking Winds

Bassoon Quartet

By performing a uniquely twisted theatrical blend of classical and popular music on their unlikely instruments, the Breaking Winds Bassoon Quartet aims to demonstrate that music is a universal language.

The Breaking Winds

Background: By performing a uniquely twisted theatrical blend of classical and popular music on their unlikely instruments, the Breaking Winds Bassoon Quartet aims to demonstrate that music is a universal language—and laughter is too.

Members: Brittany Harrington-Smith, Yuki Katayama, Kara LaMoure, and Lauren Yu Ziemba

Recordings:  Breaking In (https://www.thebreakingwinds.com/shop/)

Solo appearances: Commissioned concerto world premiere with Yale Concert Band, West Point Band, Eastman Wind Ensemble, SMU Meadows Wind Ensemble, and Northshore Concert Band

Notable performances/accomplishments: Performing at the 100th anniversary Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Competition; 2015 tour of China, Hong Kong, and Japan; IDRS conferences in Tokyo, New York, Columbus, Granada, Tampa; social media buzz from MTV, NPR, and Hollywood blogger Perez Hilton

Teaching Opportunities: Masterclasses across the United States and on tour, recently Southern Methodist University, Michigan State University, Penn State, Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, and Sichuan Conservatory; guest artists at University of Arizona Double Reed Day and with the University of Missouri Bassoon Ensemble; plus frequent visits with K-12 music students

Memorable gigs: Performing music of movies and video games at the Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle; performing on a reality show pilot at a Brooklyn “nerd bar”; performing a Bubonic Bassoon Quartet retrospective at IDRS Tampa

Their mission: to navigate the intersection of classical music, pop culture, and comedy, to expand the scope of bassoon performance, and to create meaningful bonds with audiences

Instrument: Fox Model 680

For more information on the Breaking Winds (including bios on the members), check out http://www.thebreakingwinds.com/

 

 

Elizabeth Koch Tiscione

Principal Oboist of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Elizabeth Koch Tiscione joined the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra as Principal Oboe at the beginning of the 2007-08 season. She currently holds the George M. and Corrie Hoyt Brown Chair.

Elizabeth Koch Tiscione

Current position(s): Principal Oboe for Atlanta Symphony Orchestra since 2007-08 season; Principal Oboe at Grand Teton Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, & Festival Mozaic; member of Atlanta Chamber Players; faculty member at Kennesaw State University

Education: Studied with Richard Woodhams at the Curtis Institute of Music

Notable performances/accomplishments: Tiscione has been a guest musician with orchestras of San Francisco, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Detroit, St. Paul, Baltimore, Rochester, Buffalo, and Orpheus Chamber Orchestras. Her solo engagements have included World Youth Symphony Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony, & Dekalb Symphony Orchestra. She has been featured on NPR’s “From the Top.”

Teaching Opportunities: In addition to being a faculty member at Kennesaw State, Tiscione has a small private studio in Atlanta.

Instrument: Fox Sayen Model 880 Maple

For more information on Elizabeth Koch Tiscione, visit her page on the Atlanta Symphony website here.​

 

 

Evan Kuhlmann

Solo Contrabassoon and Section Bassoon, LA Philharmonic

Evan Kuhlmann was appointed Solo Contrabassoon and Section Bassoon of the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 2018. His playing can be heard on many recordings, including two LA Phil albums.

Evan Kuhlmann

Current position(s): Solo Contrabassoon and Section Bassoon, LA Phil

Previous position(s): Solo Contrabassoon and Assistant Principal Bassoon, Oregon Symphony Orchestra

Education: BM with Scholastic Distinction - The Juilliard School; GD - The Juilliard School

Recordings: two LA Phil albums which received the GRAMMY for Best Orchestral Performance.

Solo appearances:Seattle Symphony, Oregon Symphony, Marrowstone Festival Orchestra

Notable performances/accomplishments: Performances with San Diego, Seattle and St. Louis Symphonies; the All-Star, Cabrillo Festival, Grant Park, Mainly Mozart Festival and Orpheus Chamber Orchestras; the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and the Orchestra of the Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, Italy. Chamber music appearances include performances at Chamber Music Northwest, as well as the Lincoln Center and Ojai Music Festivals.

Teaching Opportunities: Faculty, Colburn Community School of Performing Arts; Former Faculty, Portland State University

Instrument: Fox Model 950 (Fast System)

Fun Fact: Evan enjoys traveling and trying out new restaurants!

For more information on Evan Kuhlmann, visit his website here.

Hans Agreda

Principal Contrabassoon of the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra

In addition to playing for the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, Hans Agreda teaches contrabassoon at ZHdk (Zurich University of the Arts).

Hans Agreda

Current position(s): Principal Contrabassoon for Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra; Contrabassoon Teacher at ZHdk (Zurich University of the Arts)

Previous position(s): Principal Bassoon for Simón Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela

Education: Universidad de los Andes in Mérida; Robert Schumann Musikhochschule in Düsseldorf

Notable performances/accomplishments: Won the Schmolz-Bickenbach competition in 2004; Has collaborated with several professional orchestras in Europe, including Berliner Philharmoniker , Bayrisches  Staatsoper München , WDR (Rundfunk Orchester Köln) , SWR (Rundfunk Orchester Stuttgart) , Luzern Festival Orchester , & Orquesta Mozart

Instruments: Fox Model 920 and Fox Model 660

Check out one of Hans's performances during his tour in Asia!

Helen Storey

Sub-Principal Bassoon of the London Philharmonic Orchestra

In additiona to playing for the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Helen Storey is also a member of the wind quintet the Galliard Ensemble, and teaches at the Guildhall School.

Jonathan Sherwin

Bassoon and Contrabassoon – The Cleveland Orchestra

In addition to playing for the Cleveland Orchestra, Jonathan Sherwin is active as an educator. He serves on the faculties of the Cleveland Institute of Music and Baldwin-Wallace University Conservatory…

Jonathan Sherwin

Current position(s): Bassoon and Contrabassoon for The Cleveland Orchestra since 1997; Faculty member at Cleveland Institute of Music, Baldwin-Wallace University Conservatory of Music, and the Kent/Blossom Music School

Previous position(s): Colorado (formerly Denver) Symphony (1986-1997), New Orleans Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Chicago Opera Theater, Chicago's Music of the Baroque, and Chicago City Ballet Orchestra

Education: Bachelor's Degree and The Performer's Certificate from Eastman School of Music and Master's Degree from Northwestern University

Notable performances/accomplishments: Performed with The Chicago Symphony Orchestra; participated in Aspen Music Festival, Grand Teton Music Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy and Eastern Music Festival

Teaching Opportunities: Previous faculty engagements have included The Oberlin Conservatory, The Aspen Music School, and The University of Northern Colorado. Mr. Sherwin has given Master classes at several music festivals and universities including The Eastman School of Music, Duquesne University, and The Aspen Music School.

Instrument: Fox Model 900

For more information on Jonathan Sherwin, visit his page on The Cleveland Orchestra's website here.

 

 

Keith Sweger

Professor of Bassoon for Ball State University

Keith Sweger is Professor of Bassoon at Ball State University and is bassoonist with the Musical Arts Quintet. He is also principal bassoon with Muncie Symphony Orchestra and Indianapolis Ballet Orchestra…

Keith Sweger

Current position(s):  Principal Bassoon for Orchestra Indiana and Indianapolis Ballet Orchestra; Contrabassoonist for Fort Wayne Philharmonic; performs regularly with Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra; International Double Reed Society Executive Committee (President from 2014-17)

Previous position(s): Professor of Bassoon at Ball State University School of Music; Bassoonist with Musical Arts Quintet (faculty ensemble at Ball State); Co-founder/member of Algoma Wind Quintet; member of Oakwood Chambers Players; chair of 2008 & 2010 Gillet-Fox International Bassoon Competition

Education: University of Wisconsin-Madison, Bowling Green State University, Lebanon Valley College

Recordings: Songs of Madness and Sorrow, On the Beach at Night, Expressions in Units, Christmas Lights, and August was Foggy; American Breeze, released by Musical Arts Quintet; a variety of projects, including touring ice shows, national tours of Broadway shows, and cartoon scores

Notable performances/accomplishments: Recitals at conferences of International Clarinet Association, Society of Composers Inc., College Music Society, National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors, Music Teachers National Association and Music Educators National Conference; regular performer at IDRS conferences; hosted 2006 IDRS conference at Ball State; 2008 Indiana Music Educators Association Outstanding University Music Educator

Teaching Opportunities/Accomplishments: Masterclasses at 2011 Asian Double Reed Association (ADRA) conference in Bangkok, 2012 Beijing International Bassoon Festival in Beijing, 2013 ADRA in Chiayi, and 2017 Brazilian Double Reed Society conference; guest teacher at colleges, universities, and summer festivals and camps; recipient of 2007 College of Fine Arts Dean’s Teaching, 2008 IMEA Outstanding Univeresity Music Educator, and 2013 College of Fine Arts Dean’s Creative Endeaver Award.

Instrument: Fox Model 201 and Fox Model 900

Laura Bennett Cameron

Principal Bassoonist of Dallas Winds

Laura Bennett Cameron is Principal Bassoon of Dallas Winds as well as an Assistant Professor of Bassoon at University of Texas-Arlington.

Laura Bennett Cameron

Current position(s): Principal Bassoon, Dallas Winds; Assistant Professor of Bassoon, University of Texas-Arlington; Founder, Executive Director, and Solo Bassoon of The Boutry Ensemble

Education: Doctor of Music, Indiana University Master of Music, New England Conservatory of Music Bachelor of Music, West Texas A&M University

Recordings: French Masterworks for Bassoon and Piano, Indesens Classique, Paris. Recorded with Roger Boutry, piano, at Studios Grade Armée, Paris, 2016; Encounters: The Oboe and Bassoon Works of Roger Boutry, Indesens Classique, Paris. Recorded with Roger Boutry, producer, Studios de Meudon, Paris, 2018 (Expected release late 2022); John Williams at the Movies, Reference Recordings, San Francisco, California. Recorded with the Dallas Winds, Jerry Junkin, artistic director, at the Meyerson Symphony Center, 2018. Nominated for two Grammy Awards; Asphalt Cocktail: The Music of John Mackey, Reference Recordings, San Francisco, California. Recorded with the Dallas Winds, Jerry Junkin, artistic director, at the Meyerson Symphony Center, 2019; Repertorial Diversity in Intermediate Bassoon Works, a project to record works by underrepresented composers Ahmed Alabca, William Grant Still, Amber Ferenz, and Victoria Bond, in process, anticipated release via YouTube mid 2022.

Solo appearances: Festival pour L'Association Joseph Cantaloube, Bagnac sur Célé, France, June 2022; Rencontres Européennes des Anches Doubles, Lyon, France, October 2021 (only invited American performer); Festival International Albert Roussel, Vieil-Hesdin, France, November 2021; Concerto: Andante e Rondo Ungarese, Weber, with the Dallas Winds and Jerry Junkin, Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas, Texas, April 2021; Concerto Tour: Rossini’s Concerto for Solo Bassoon and Weber’s Andante e Rondo Ungarese with the Filarmonica San Marco in Torino and Nichelino, Italy, 2020; European Recital Tour: The Oboe, Bassoon, and Piano works of Roger Boutry; Paris, France, and Granada, Spain, 2018; Concerto: Andante e Rondo Ungarese, Weber, with the UT-Arlington Faculty and Friends Chamber Orchestra, 2018; USA East Coast Recital Tour: The Bassoon Works of Roger Boutry, 2017; Recital: The Bassoon Works of Roger Boutry, International Double Reed Society Conference, 2016; Paris Recital Tour: The Bassoon Works of Roger Boutry with Roger Boutry, piano, 2015

Notable performances/accomplishments:  

Performances: Trio Recital, Wood Music, for Fine Arts Chamber Players, with Kirstin Perry, oboe, and Gabriel Sanchez, piano, Dallas Museum of Art, November 2019; Interdisciplinary performance, Landscapes: A Celebration of Edwin Church: performance of Daniel Baldwin’s Landscapes, poetry reading, and art history lecture; Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Indiana, October 2019; World Premiere of bassoon choir work, Loftdrekar, with the UT-Arlington Bassoon Ensemble, International Double Reed Society Conference, Tampa, Florida, July 2019

Accomplishments: Interviewed for “Double Reed Dish” Podcast, aired January 2022 via SoundCloud, with Jacqueline Wilson (Washington State University), and Galit Kaunitz (University of Southern Mississippi); Published scholarship on Roger Boutry in both French and English, the largest body of biographical work on the composer in either language; Repertorial Diversity in Intermediate Bassoon Works, a project to record works by underrepresented composers, in process, anticipated release via YouTube mid 2022 - funded via competitive grant; Fantasia for Solo Bassoon by Matteo Dal Maso, a popular solo bassoon work written during the pandemic, was written for and dedicated to Bennett Cameron - she made the first recording of it in collaboration with the composer.

Teaching Opportunities: Ameropa Festival, Prague (July 2022); University of Texas-Arlington faculty since 2013; Sought-after masterclass teacher

Instrument: Fox Model 201

Fun Fact: She is a proud dog and plant mom.

For more information on Laura Bennett Cameron, visit her website here.

Matthias Rácz

Principal Bassoonist of the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra and Professor at the Zurich University of the Arts

Matthias Racz has been Principal Bassoon for Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra since 2003. He is also a professor at Hochschule for Music and Theatre in Zurich & artistic director for bassoon for The Muri Competition.

Matthew Rácz

Current position(s): Principal Bassoon for Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra since 2003, Principal Bassoon for Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Professor at Hochschule for Music and Theatre in Zurich, & artistic director for bassoon for The Muri Competition in Muri, Switzerland.

Previous position(s): Principal Bassoon for Gürzenich orchestra Cologne Philharmonic Orchestra at age 21

Education: Rácz studied under Prof. Dag Jensen at the Hochschule for Music and Theatre in Hanover.

Recordings: CD productions and live concert recordings with various radio companies, as well as in television and radio programs

Notable performances/accomplishments: At age fifteen, Rácz made his debut as a soloist with the Cologne Chamber Orchestra in the television production “Junge Künstler auf dem Podium” (Young Artists on Stage). He has been a guest soloist at Mozart Festival Schwetzingen, Rheingau Music Festival, Schleswig Holstein Music Festival, and Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. In 2002, he won the International ARD Music Competition in Munich and the Prague Spring International Music Competition.

Teaching Opportunities: In 2003, Rácz was a lecturer for the Ongaku-juku Opera Project in Japan. He gave his first international masterclass for bassoon at age 24 and has since led many masterclasses around the world.

Instrument: Fox Model 660

 

Check out one of Matthias's performances during his tour in Asia!

 

 

 

Monica Ellis

Bassoonist, Imani Winds

Monica Ellis is a founding member of the twice Grammy-nominated wind quintet, Imani Winds, who in their 25th season, continues to dazzle audiences with their dynamic playing, adventurous programming and commitment to outreach, new works and collaborations.

Monica Ellis

Current position(s): Imani Winds, Bassoonist and Executive Director; Imani Winds Foundation, Treasurer; Curtis Institute of Music, Faculty; Manhattan School of Music, Faculty; Mannes College of Music, Imani Winds: Ensemble in Residence

Previous position(s): University of Chicago, Imani Winds: Ensemble in Residence (2016-2018); The Hartt School of Music, Imani Winds: Ensemble in Residence (2013-2015); Brooklyn College, Faculty (2012-2016); Purchase Conservatory, Faculty (2011-2014); Mannes College of Music Prep Division, Faculty (2003-2006); The Juilliard School Music Advancement Program, Faculty (1998-2003)

Education: Oberlin College Conservatory of Music (BM); The Juilliard School (MM); Manhattan School of Music (PS)

Recordings: Bruits (Grammy nom.) – Imani Winds, Bright Shiny Things Records, 2021; Startin’ Sumthin’ – Imani Winds, E1 Records, 2016; The Rite of Spring – Imani Winds, EMI Classics, 2013; Without a Net - Wayne Shorter Quartet, Blue Note Records, 2013; Native Informant – Imani Winds & Mohammed Fairouz, Naxos, 2013; Madrigal: Music of Montsalvatge, Perspecitves Ensemble, Naxos, 2013; The Continents - Chick Corea, Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, 2012; Terra Incognita - Imani Winds, E1 Records, 2010; This Christmas with Imani Winds - Koch International Classics, 2008; Classified - Brubeck Brothers Quartet, Koch International Classics, 2008; Josephine Baker: A Life of “Le Jazz Hot” - Imani Winds, Koch Int. Classics, 2007; Imani Winds - Imani Winds, Koch International Classics, 2006; The Classical Underground - Imani Winds, Koch Int. Classics (Grammy nom.), 2005; Ascension To Light - Steve Coleman and the Five Elements, Sony International, 2002; Umoja - Imani Winds, Self-produced, 2001

Solo appearances: 2022 IDRS: "Mosiacos" by Tania Leon, world premiere; 2021 Chineke! Orchestra, London: "Phenomenal Women" by Valerie Coleman; 2020 American Composers Orchestra (virtual): "No Air" Karena Ingram, world premiere; 2020 Fresno Double Reed Day (in person); 2019 Imani Winds Chamber Music Festival: with Akropolis Reed Quintet, "Cane Concerto" by Jenny Brandon; 2018 Pittsburgh Symphony: Mozart Concerto; 2016 Meg Quigley: "Elegy for Innocence" by Jeff Scott; 2015: Musica Viva Huntington Festival, Mudgee, Australia: "Devienne Quartet No. 1"; 2014 IDRS: "Trio for oboe, bassoon, pno" Valerie Coleman, world premiere; 2008 IDRS: "Elegy for Innocence" by Jeff Scott, world premiere

Notable performances/accomplishments:  IDRS Board Member; Concert Artist Guild Board Member; Orchestra of St. Luke's Education Committee Member

Teaching Opportunities: The annual Imani Winds Chamber Festival, held each summer in NYC.; Curtis Institute of Music, chamber music department; Masterclasses, seminars and lectures year round at conservatories and universities across the country with Imani Winds

Instrument: Fox Model 201

Fun Fact: Monica religiously watches Jeopardy!, loves home decorating and resides in the historic village of Harlem in New York City with the greatest joy of her life - her 8 year old son, Oden.

For more information on Monica Ellis, visit her website here.

Paul Hanson

Freelance Electric and Acoustic Contemporary Jazz Bassoonist

Over the last 25 years, Paul has rewritten the rulebook and put this most classical of woodwind instruments in a new light. As a freelance bassoonist, he currently performs with Jon Baptiste’s American Symphony, Vitamin Em, and more.

Peter Kolkay

Associate Professor of Bassoon at Vanderbilt University

Peter Kolkay is an Associate Professor of Bassoon at Vanderbilt University and a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

Peter Kolkay

Current position(s): Associate Professor of Bassoon, Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University; Member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

Previous position(s): University of South Carolina, West Virginia University

Education: DMA, MMA: Yale University (study with Frank Morelli); MM: Eastman School of Music (John Hunt); BM: Lawrence University (Monte Perkins)

Recordings: 

Solo recordings: BassoonMusic: 21st Century American Works for Bassoon, CAG Records (2011); Michael Torke: West for bassoon and chamber orchestra, Albany Symphony (2019)

Upcoming solo recordings: Christopher Rouse: Bassoon Concerto, Albany Symphony (Albany Records); Music for Bassoon and Strings, Calidore String Quartet (Bridge Records)

Chamber music recordings on Sony (The Soldier's Tale with Roger Waters narrating), Bridge, Blue Griffin, and Tzadik Records.

Solo appearances: Concertos with the Albany Symphony, South Carolina Philharmonic, Waukesha Philharmonic, Westchester Philharmonic, San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, and Green Bay Symphony; Recitals at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space, Ollin Yolitzli Cultural Center in Mexico City, Bargemusic, Wolf Trap, Teatro Nacional in Panama City, Panama, Chicago Cultural Center.

Notable performances/accomplishments:  Commission and premiere of works by Judah Adashi, Gordon Beeferman, Elliott Carter, Katherine Hoover, Tania León, Harold Meltzer, Russell Platt, John Fitz Rogers, Joan Tower, and Mark-Anthony Turnage; Summer chamber Music festivals: Bravo! Vail Valley, Bridgehampton, Maverick, Music@Menlo, Sarasota, Spoleto; Winner of a 2004 Avery Fisher Career Grant from Lincoln Center; First Prize, 2002 Concert Artists Guild Competition.

Teaching Opportunities: Masterclasses all over North America

Instrument: Fox Model 601

For more information on Peter Kolkay, visit his website here.

Shannon Lowe

Assistant Professor of Bassoon at University of Florida School of Music

Shannon Lowe is an Assistant Professor of Bassoon at University of Florida. She also serves as Principal Bassoon for the Albany (GA) Symphony Orchestra.

Simon Van Holen

Solo-Contrabassoon of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Simon Van Holen enjoys a rich musical career made up of performing, recording, and teaching engagements. He currently serves as Solo-Contrabassoon of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.

Simon Van Holen

Current position(s): Solo-Contrabassoon of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra; Professor of Bassoon & Contrabassoon at Conservatorium van Amsterdam

Previous position(s): Academy Position & Solo-Contrabassoon of the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker

Education: The Royal Conservatory in The Hague; Robert Schumann Musikhochschule

Recordings: Debut-album Pro Contra!

Notable performances/accomplishments: Took part in Zermatt Festival Academy and Gustav Mahler Academy; awarded the prize Prix de Salon for his extraordinary musicianship; performed with Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Tonhalle Orchester Zurich, & Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen; has performed with some of the most legendary musicians, including Menahem Pressler, Ingo Goritzki, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Jürgen Kussmaul, and Wolfgang Boettcher

Teaching Opportunities: Regularly gives masterclasses around the globe

Instrument: Fox Model 920

For more information about Simon Van Holen, visit https://www.simonvanholen.com/

 

 

Susan Nelson

Associate Professor of Bassoon at Bowling Green State University

Susan Nelson is the Associate Professor of Bassoon and Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Studies at Bowling Green State University and enjoys an active career as a performer, teacher, and clinician.

Susan Nelson

Current position(s): Associate Professor at Bowling Green State University, Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Studies

Previous position(s): Bassoon instructor at Stephen F. Austin State University

Education: BM: University of Kansas; BS: Business Administration: University of Kansas; MM: University of Oklahoma; DMA: University of Michigan

Recordings: Elements on MSR Classics; Many things on soundcloud and YouTube

Solo appearances: Many! Most recent: Faculty Recital at Bowling Green State University March 22, 2023; IDRS in Boulder Colorado, July 2022

Notable performances/accomplishments: Premiering two new works for bsn/hn/pno at IDRS Thailand this summer by David Bixler and Christopher Dietz; Chamber music commissioning, performing, recording; Most recently, a bassoon trio "From the Flower" by Emily Joy Sullivan and several pieces for bassoon and percussion by Jenni Brandon, Nathan Daughtrey, and David Bixler.

Teaching Opportunities: Teaching at Renova Music Festival; Bowling Green State University

Instrument: Fox Model 601

For more information on Susan Nelson, visit her website here.

Susan Tomkiewicz

Professor of Oboe at Columbus State University

Susan Tomkiewicz is Professor of Oboe at Columbus State University’s Schwob School of Music. She is also Acting English Horn and Assistant Principal Oboe of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra.

Ted Soluri

Principal Bassoonist of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra

Ted Soluri became principal bassoonist of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in 2015. Before joining DSO, he held the same position with Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (11 years) and Santa Fe Opera (9 years).

Ted Soluri

Current position(s): Principal Bassoon for Dallas Symphony Orchestra since 2015

Previous position(s): Principal Bassoon for Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (11 years) and Principal Bassoon for Santa Fe Opera (9 years)

Solo appearances: Mozart’s Concerto for Bassoon in Bb major, KV. 191, and Carl Maria von Weber’s Bassoon Concerto in F major and Andante and Hungarian Rondo, among others; two recitals at the IDRS conference in Muncie, IN

Notable performances/accomplishments: Soluri is a regular performer at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. In 2005, he toured with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra to Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, and NYC’s Carnegie Hall.

Commentary from critics: “He approached the speedy, highly ornamented outer movements from a high place. Soluri made this music sound like elegant, pleasant play, a celebration of the instrument’s possibilities, and never like a struggle.” -- Tom Strini, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Education: Bachelor of Music from Florida State; Master of Music from Cleveland Institute of Music

Teaching Opportunities: Masterclasses at Florida State University, Eastman School of Music, Ball State University, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Lawrence University, and Glickman-Popkin Bassoon Camp

Instrument: Fox Model 601

For more information, visit www.tedsoluri.com

 

 

 

Artist Emeritus

John Miller

Bassoon Faculty Member at University of Minnesota

John Miller was the principal bassoonist for the Minnesota Orchestra from 1971 until his retirement in 2015. He is currently a faculty member for bassoon at University of Minnesota.

John Miller

Current position(s): Faculty member at University of Minnesota

Previous position(s): Principal Bassoon for Minnesota Orchestra for 44 years before his retirement in 2015; member of American Reed Trio for more than twenty years, founded Bubonic Bassoon Quartet

Education: Peabody Conservatory and New England Conservatory; Fulbright grant for music study in Amsterdam

Recordings: Solo recordings include four concertos by Vivaldi, Mozart and Vanhal concertos

Notable performances/accomplishments: Miller has performed many times with the Minnesota Orchestra as well as numerous other orchestras. He was the longest-serving principal player in the history of the Minnesota Orchestra.

Teaching Opportunities: Masterclasses at many of the world’s major conservatories and music schools; founded the Nordic Bassoon Symposium; Minnesota Bassoon Association

For more information on John Miller, visit his faculty page here.

 

Robert Williams

Principal Bassoonist of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Robert Williams has been Principal Bassoon for Detroit Symphony Orchestra since 1974. He plays in the Cut Time Players, Neo-Bubonic Bassoon Quartet, and Detroit Symphony Orchestra Bassoon Quartet.

Robert Williams

Current position(s): Principal Bassoon for Detroit Symphony since 1974; performs with the Cut Time Players, Neo-Bubonic Bassoon Quartet, DSO Bassoon Quartet, DSO Woodwind Quartet, and Grant Teton Music Festival; faculty member at Wayne State University

Previous position(s): Principal Bassoon for Tucson Symphony, Colorado Philharmonic Orchestra, Winnipeg Symphony, and Winnipeg CBC Orchestra

Education: Bachelor of Music in Bassoon Performance from University of Arizona; graduate school at University of Southern California

Recordings: Involved in Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s recordings conducted by Antal Dorati; recording with Neo-Bubonic Bassoon Quartet

Notable performances/accomplishments: Featured guest artist at University of Nebraska, Bowling Green State University, Arizona State University’s Bassoon Day, Fresno State University’s Double Reed Day, & Glickman-Popkin Double Reed Camp; played joint recital at IDRS in Evanston, IL

Teaching Opportunities: Masterclasses at Tanglewood, University of Michigan, Michigan State University, University of Arizona.

Yoshiyuki Nakanishi

Fox Artist Emeritus

Yoshi currently teaches masterclasses throughout Asia and Europe. He was the Soloist and Principal Bassoonist of Nagoya Philharmonic from 1975-2006. Nakanishi was appointed as Fox Artist Emeritus in 2017.

Yoshiyuki Nakanishi

Yoshiyuki Nakanishi is Fox's first Artist Emeritus!


Current position(s)
: Teaching masterclasses throughout Asia and Europe

Previous position(s): Soloist and Principal Bassoonist of Nagoya Philharmonic (1975-2006); Principal Bassoon for London Symphony Orchestra Canada and New Chamber Winds; Japan Philharmonic Orchestra; Japan Fine Arts Music Association Director; Tokai Chamber Soloist Representative

Education: Yoshi is a graduate of the Toho Music Conservatory and the Indiana University. His teachers were Munio Tozawa, Leonard Sharrow, and Stephen Maxim.

Notable performances/accomplishments: As a soloist, Yoshi performed and recorded concerti by Mozart, Hummel, Weber, and Jolivet with the London Mozart Players and Nagoya Philharmonic. He was awarded the "Culture Medal Aich Prefecture" in 1979.

 

 

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