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Albie Micklich

Current position(s): Professor of Bassoon at Arizona State University and Woodwind Area Coordinator

Previous position(s): Faculty member at University of Nebraska-Lincoln; University of Missouri-Columbia, Indiana University of Pennsylvania; Michigan State University (sabbatical replacement for Barrick Stees); 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 Performer’s Certificate), 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 many 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

Fun Facts: Albie is an avid runner, moviegoer, and reader who loves to explore and camp throughout North America with his husband and Weimaraner in his 4×4 Sprinter camping van. In January 2023 he was a living organ donor, donating a kidney to a friend, and it was one of the best experiences of his life! To find out what you can do to help others, check out: www.mayoclinic.org/livingdonor

Instrument: Fox Model 680

For more information on Albie Micklich, visit MicklichBassoon.com & www.sonorandoublereeds.com

About the Artist's Instrument

I find the Fox 680 bassoon to be a very versatile instrument, combining the desirable characteristics of warmth, power, and intonation. The warm, rich tenor register is reminiscent of the 201, which makes it well-suited for all musical styles. The strong projection and dynamic range allows it to cut through in ensemble settings or when playing solo recitals. One of the most critical aspects of any bassoon is its intonation, especially in the low register, where many bassoons can struggle; the intonation on my 680 allows me to play with accuracy and confidence in all registers.

Fox Artist Albie Micklich

Professor of Bassoon, Arizona State University

Features

  • Hand-selected and aged red maple body with bordeaux finish
  • Silver-plated keys, posts, bands, and boot cap
  • Long bell compact model
  • German bell ring (synthetic ivory)
  • Lining in wing joint and small bore of the boot
  • Wood hand rest
  • Neck strap ring
  • Cork wrapped tenons
  • Balance hanger

Keywork

  • Full German key system
  • Rotary style right hand whisper key lock
  • High F key
  • High E key
  • High D key
  • High A bridge to whisper key
  • Ring key for left hand third finger
  • Crowned pancake key
  • Articulated A♭-B♭ trill key with B♭ spectacle guard
  • Left hand E♭ trill key
  • Left hand whisper key lock
  • Little finger whisper key mechanism
  • Rollers for left little finger E♭ and D♭
  • Rollers for right little finger F and A♭
  • Rollers for right thumb B♭ and F♯
  • Double wide little finger  F♯ with roller
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