Join us for the 13th annual Bassoon Day at McGill – this year’s special guest will be Fábio Cury, professor at the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil. All events are free and open to the public; no advance registration required.
This year’s Bassoon Day events will include exhibits of instruments and accessories by J. Püchner from Nauheim, Germany, Bell Bassoons from Lakefield, Ontario, and by Montréal woodwind specialist Pascal Véraquin; master classes by our special guest Fábio Cury, professor at the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil, and Martin Mangrum of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal; and a bassoon concert featuring Fábio Cury with friends from the OSM, and of course the annual Bassoon Ensemble Finale where we hope to have more than 40 bassoonists on stage, so make sure to bring your bassoon! A detailed schedule is available from the sidebar and we look forward to seeing you at Bassoon Day!
Bassoon Day 2015 - BIOS:
Professor of bassoon at the Cantareira College of the University of São Paulo, at the São Paulo State School of Music, and principal bassoonist with the Opera Orchestra São Paulo, Fábio Cury is one of the most renowned and active South American bassoon soloists. Inspired by his Brazilian teacher Paulo Justi, and later by Klaus Thunemann while a student at the University of Music in Hannover, he developed an inclination toward solo performance. Mr. Cury's multi-faceted career encompasses orchestral and contemporary repertoire, performances on historical bassoons, and a focus on Brazilian music. He regularly participates in numerous music festivals and chamber music series in Brazil and performs as soloist with the most prestigious Brazilian orchestras. Mr. Cury has appeared as performer, teacher, and speaker at events in countries such as Argentina, Panama, Canada, Belgium, Slovenia, England, France, Portugal and China. He is a founding member of Camerata Aberta, a group dedicated to the repertoire of our time which received the Paulista Association of Art Critic’s Award for best contemporary music ensemble in 2010, and the Bravo Award for best classical music CD in 2011. Mr. Cury's CD Velhas e novas cirandas: Brazilian music for bassoon and orchestra, received the APCA award for best album in 2010. He also recently released two albums: Fábio Cury and Alessandro Santoro play Bach and the 16 Waltzes for solo bassoon by Mignone. Mr. Cury received the Masters of Arts degree from the University of Campinas, and a Doctorate of Music from the University of São Paulo. Fabio Cury performs on a Püchner bassoon model Superior/6000.
Born in Montréal, Stéphane Lévesque has been Principal Bassoon of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal since the fall of 1998. He has also held principal bassoon positions with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Saito Kinen Orchestra in Japan. Mr Lévesque is Assistant Professor at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University, and he has given master classes in institutions which include the Banff Centre, the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Lyon in France, and the National School of Music in Mexico City. He has appeared as soloist on many occasions with the OSM, as well as with ensembles such as the Orchestre symphonique de Québec, the New World Symphony, Les Violons du Roy and the U.S. Army Orchestra. Mr Lévesque studied with Stephen Maxym and Frank Morelli at Yale University, and with Rodolfo Masella at the Montréal Conservatory.Born in Princeton, NJ and raised in Hamilton, Ontario, Martin Mangrum joined the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal as Second Bassoon in September of 2000, and served as acting Associate Principal during the 2003-04 season. Prior to his appointment in Montréal, he was Principal Bassoon of the Real Orquesta Sinfónica in Sevilla, and Co-Principal of the Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya. Mr Mangrum holds a Doctorate degree from the Juilliard School in New York, where he studied with Stephen Maxym. He has also studied with Mordechai Rechtman during a stay in Israel in 1993. Mr Mangrum currently teaches bassoon and chamber music at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University, as well as at the Université de Montréal.
Associate principal bassoon with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Mathieu Harel was acting principal bassoon of the OSM during the 2003-04 season. Born in Contrecoeur, near Montréal, Mr. Harel studied with Bernard Garfield at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, and at the Montreal Conservatory, with Rodolfo Masella and Gerald Corey. Prior to the end of his studies at Curtis, Mr Harel won the second bassoon position with the Orchestre symphonique de Québec, and he was also assistant principal bassoon with the Grant Park Symphony in Chicago. He currently teaches at the Montreal Conservatory, and was a member of the faculties at McGill University, at the Trois-Rivières Conservatory and at the Camp Musical des Laurentides. Mr Harel is also a member of the Kiosque 1900 Ensemble.Michael Sundell was appointed to the contrabassoon position with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal in 2011. He attended the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where he studied with William Winstead, and Rice University as a student of Benjamin Kamins. Prior to coming to Montreal, Mr Sundell was a member of the Colorado Symphony, and he has also held positions with the Milwaukee Symphony, Tulsa Philharmonic, and Virginia Symphony. He also enjoyed an extensive career as a freelance musician working with many orchestras throughout the U.S. including the Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, National Symphony, and the Kennedy Center Opera.