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12th Annual Bassoon Day - February 22, 2014

Bassoon Day at McGill - April 2, 2011

Join us for the 12th annual Bassoon Day at McGill – this year’s special guest will be Ole Kristian Dahl of the WDR Symphony Orchestra in Cologne, Germany. 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 and Montréal woodwind specialist Pascal Véraquin; master classes by our special guest Ole Kristian Dahl as well as Mathieu Harel of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal ; and a bassoon concert featuring Ole Kristian Dahl 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 2014 - BIOS:

McGill Bassoon Day -  Feb. 22, 2014 - - Ole Dahl

Norwegian bassoonist Ole Kristian Dahl is currently professor at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst – Mannheim and solo bassoon in the WDR Symphony Orchestra – Cologne. He began playing bassoon at the age of twelve, and at sixteen began studying with Robert Rønnes at the University of Stavanger (Norway). He continued his studies at the Conservatoire Superieur de Musique – Genève (Switzerland) with Professor Roger Birnstingl where he won first prize at the CIEN Riddes Schweiz competition in 1998. In the same year, he won his first job as solo bassoon in the Malaysian Philharmonic in Kuala Lumpur and completed his studies in Geneva. During his time in Malaysia, Ole continued his studies at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater, und Medien- Hannover (Germany) with Professor Dag Jensen.

In 2000 Ole won the solo bassoon job in the Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Copenhagen (Denmark), and in 2002 won the same position in WDR Symphony Orchestra- Cologne (West Deutsche Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Köln) where he is currently playing. In addition, he has played with the Berlin Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, NDR Hamburg, DSO Berlin, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Oslo Philharmonic, and Norwegian Chamber Orchestra.

A dedicated educator, Professor Dahl has taught at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen, Carl Nielsen Academy of Music in Odense, Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus, Folkwang Universität in Essen, and in 2008 won the professorship at the Musik Hochschule in Mannheim where he currently teaches.

Ole’s has given masterclasses in Europe at the UDK Vienna, CNSMD Lyon, Donizetti Conservatory Bergamo, Milan Conservatory, Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Hochschule für Musik Basel, Hochschule für Musik Bern, and the Universities in Geneva and Lausanne. In Asia, he has taught at the National University of Korea in Seoul, and at Nonaka in Tokyo, and in the United State he has taught at the Colburn School in Los Angeles, California. In the UK, Ole has taught at the Birmingham Conservatory, Guildhall School of Music in London, and the Royal College of Music. In Scandinavia he has taught at all the major Norwegian, Danish and Swedish academies.

Schulich School of Music Bassoon Day 2012 -  - Prof. Stéphane LévesqueBorn 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. 

Schulich School of Music Bassoon Day 2012  -  - Mathieu HarelAssociate 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.

Sponsored by:

 Schulich School of Music sponsors Bassoon Day 2012   Music Undergraduate Student Society   Schulich School of Music Bassoon Day 2012 sponsors - Bell Bassoons Limited  Sponsors - Pascal Véraquin Inc.