11th Annual Bassoon Day - April 6, 2013
Join us for the 11th annual Bassoon Day at McGill – this year’s special guest will be Afonso Venturieri of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande in Geneva, Switzerland. All events are free and open to the public; no advance registration required.
Bassoon Day events will include exhibits of instruments and accessories by Canadian bassoon maker Benson H. Bell; Justin Miller from Miller Marketing and Montréal woodwind specialist Pascal Véraquin; master classes by our special guest Afonso Venturieri as well as Michael Sundell of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal ; and a bassoon concert featuring Afonso Venturieri and friends from the OSM, as well as 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 2013 - BIOS:
Afonso Venturieri was born in Belém, Brazil. 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 and South America. 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.
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.