Fredrik Ekdahl holds the position as principal bassoon of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and is a regular guest principal with orchestras such as the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra. He teaches at the Royal College of Music, Stockholm and has held master classes at the Musikhochschule Stuttgart, Antwerpen College of Music and at the Beijing Conservatory, among others. As a soloist, Fredrik has performed with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Daniel Harding, Eivind Aadland and Baldur Brönniman, among others.
Laurent Lefèvre fait ses études au CNSMDP, où il obtient les Premiers Prix de basson et de musique de chambre. Lauréat de nombreux concours internationaux (Premier Prix du Concours International de Toulon, Premier Prix du Concours International organisé par l’International double reeds society, Premier Grand Prix du Concours International de Genève.
Il est basson solo de l’Orchestre de l’Opéra National de Paris depuis 1991 et basson-solo de l’Orchestre de la Tonhalle à Zürich depuis 2010.
Il mène parallèlement une carrière de musicien de chambre comme membre de l’ensemble à vent Paris- Bastille et du Quintette à vent Claude Debussy avec lequel il remporte le prix spécial du jury au Concours international de Tokyo et le deuxième prix du concours international de Munich ARD (année sans premier prix). Il joue régulièrement en soliste avec les orchestres les plus prestigieux, sous la direction de chefs renommés comme M-W Chung et Seiji Ozawa. Il joue dans les plus grands festivals et est souvent invité au poste de basson solo au sein du « Chamber Orchestra of Europe ». Depuis août 2010 est invité à jouer au sein du Lucerne Festival Orchestra dirigé par Claudio Abbado. Il est basson solo du Mahler Chamber Orchestra.
Il est professeur au CNSM de Lyon de 1998 à 2008, au CRR de Paris depuis 1998, et depuis 2011 il est professeur de basson allemand au CNSMDP. Il donne annuellement des classes de Maître au Japon, au Vénézuéla et à Montréal. Il a enregistré de grandes oeuvres du répertoire pour basson pour Naxos et Harmonia Mundi
Ole Kristian Dahl, bassoon (Norway) was, after winning first prize in the CIEN Riddes Schweiz in 1998, engaged as solo bassoon player in the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Denmark Radio Symphony Orchestra and the WDR Sinfonieorchester. He has performed as soloist with the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, EYCO Chamber Orchestra and Virtuosi di Kuhmo. He is member of the Zephyr Wind Quintet and regularly performs with the world’s leading orchestras.
Georg Klütsch was born in 1951 in Düren and studied music education in Mainz and Detmold. His artistic-instrumental training was carried out with professor Helman Young at the Nordwestdeutsche Musikakademie, where he passed his concert exam with distinction.
For many years Georg Klütsch was the principal bassoonist with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra and a member of the Sabine Meyer wind ensemble.
As a professor at the University of Music Franz Liszt in Weimar he quickly succeeded in setting up a successful class. In 2001 he was appointed professor of bassoon and chamber music at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Cologne as well as Dean of the faculty of orchestral instruments.
More than 50 students of his class have become firmly established in orchestras worldwide.
Robin O’Neill is principal bassoonist with the Philharmonia Orchestra and has held the same position with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and the English Chamber Orchestra.
He is a member of London Winds and the Gaudier Ensemble. He has been Professor of Bassoon at the Guildhall School of Music and the Royal Academy of Music where he is currently Visiting Professor of Bassoon. He has recorded virtually the whole of the core chamber music repertoire with more than 40 CDs to his name on labels such as Hyperion, Decca and Philips.
In the past few seasons Robin O’Neill has conducted the Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus (with whom he gave the Orchestra’s first performance in London’s newly refurbished Royal Festival Hall), London Philharmonic Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, Bogota Philharmonic Orchestra, Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Nordic Chamber Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia, Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa Japan and the Orchestras of the Guildhall School of Music, Royal Academy of Music and the Royal College of Music, where he is professor of conducting.
Robin O’Neill has collaborated with musicians such as Mikhail Pletnev, Boris Beresovsky, Mitsuko Uchida, Christoph Eschenbach, Pascal Roge, Stephen Kovacevich, Alexander Madzar, Pinchas Zuckerman, Salvatore Accardo, Isabelle Faust, Michael Collins, Alina Ibragimova, and actors such as Jeremy Irons, Julian Glover, Paul McGann and Hugh Dancy. He has also performed by invitation for His Royal Highness Prince Charles the Prince of Wales.
Robin O’Neill is music director of the music theatre ensemble The Motion Group. In 2005 together with theatre director Andrew Steggall he travelled to Baghdad, Iraq, and used their experiences to stage, with the support of Kevin Spacey, Stravinsky’s Soldier’s Tale at the Old Vic Theatre in London. This production used both Iraqi and European actors and musicians in what was by common consent one of the most shocking and thought-provoking theatre events of 2006.
Dag Jensen was born in Horten, Norway and began bassoon lessons at the age of eleven with Robert Rönnes. He later studied with Torleiv Nedberg at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo. He won his first orchestral position with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of sixteen and was promoted to co-principal of the same orchestra soon after. He continued to study with Prof. Klaus Thunemann in Hanover.
He was principal bassoonist of the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra from 1985 to 1988 and held the same position in the Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra from 1988 to 1997. He is a member of the Saito Kinen Festival Orchestra and the Mito Chamber Orchestra, both with Seiji Ozawa as artistic director. From 2003 to 2005 Jensen was the principal bassoonist when Claudio Abbado founded the “Luzern Festival Orchestra”.
Dag Jensen won a first prize at the Norwegian Youth Music Competition and twice won the coveted ARD Music Competition in Munich, in 1984 and 1990.
His numerous solo appearances with renowned orchestras including, among many others, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra and South German Radio Symphony Orchestras, the Mito Chamber Orchestra, Japan, the Royal Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Camerata Academica, Salzburg, English Chamber Orchestra, Würtemberg Chamber Orchestra, KBS Symphony Orchestra Seoul, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra Manchester, Prague Symphony Orchestra and the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra with conductors like Seiji Ozawa, Jeffrey Tate, Sandor Vegh, Serge Baudo, Christopher Hogwood, and Iona Brown have taken him throughout Europe and Asia.
Chamber music plays an important part in his musical life, and he is a member of the Sabine Meyer Wind Ensemble and of the Ensemble Villa Musica. He is also a regular guest at several music festivals.
His artistic career is well documented on CD, with piano accompaniment as well as chamber music works and bassoon concertos.
Dag Jensen was Professor at the Hanover Academy of Music and Theatre from 1997 to 2011, and since 2011 he has been Professor at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich. He is also Professor at the Norwegian Academy of Music, Oslo.
Recipient of a scholarship from the German government, he studied with Helman Jung at the Hochschule für Musik in Detmold, Germany, where he graduated with high distinction in 1984. He completed his training with Milan Turkovic at the famous Hochschule für Musik at the Mozarteum in Salzburg.
In 1989 Mr Venturieri won First Prize at the International Competition for Wind Instruments organized by the Union of Swiss Musicians. He was appointed as bassoonist for the Ensemble Modern in Frankfurt, and since 1987 he has held the position of principal bassoon with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande in Geneva.
Mr Venturieri has appeared as soloist and chamber musician throughout the world, and he regularly gives workshops and master classes in Europe, Asia , South America and Canada.
He is currently on the faculty of the Haute École de Musique in Geneva, and he has served as coach for the Youth Orchestra of the Americas.