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Maurice Bourgue

Born in 1939, Maurice Bourgue studied oboe and chamber music at the Conservatoire National Superior de Paris, graduating with honors in 1958. He won first prizes at various international music competitions in cities such as Geneva, Birmingham, Munich, Prague and Budapest.
In 1967, Karl Münch invited him to join the Orchestre de Paris where he was solo oboe until 1979. At the same time, he performed as a soloist with renowned conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, Riccardo Chailly, John Eliot Gardiner and worked with orchestras including the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Concertgebouw. During those years he also started teaching at the Conservatoire National Superior de Paris and the Conservatoire de Genève.
His passion for chamber music led him to found the "Ensemble à vent Maurice Bourgue". They gave innumerous concerts throughout the world and recorded many LPs and CDs, winning many prestigious awards. The composer Henry Dutilleux wrote his Diptyque "Les Citations" for Maurice Bourgue; it was performed for the first time at the Festival at Besançon in 1991.
Maurice Bourgue is also a successful conductor. He has been invited to work with many well-known orchestras including the Padua Chamber Orchestra, the Philharmonic Orchestra Oslo, the Orchestra of the Opera in Paris, the Orchestre national d’Ile de France and many others. In 2011, he founded the Trio Maurice Bourgue together with the pianist Kimiko Imani and the bassoonist Sergio Azzolini. Their CD appeared in 2016.

For many years Maurice Bougue was artistic director at the internatioal academy for chamber music Bohuslav Martinu, Prag. In addition, he conducts master classes at music festivals and all over the world in cities such as Budapest, London, Lausanne, Moskow, Jerusalem, Oslo and Kyoto.

Emanuel Abbühl

born in Berne Switzerland - studied with André Lardrot and Heinz Holliger and received many major awards for wind instruments. He was principal oboe and/or soloist with major orchestras such as the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Symphony, Concertgebouw Orkest Amsterdam, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Mariinski Orchestra, Orchestra, Queensland Philharmonic under V. Gergiev, Sir C. Davis and performed chamber concerts with Heinz Holliger, Andras Schiff, Mitsuko Uchida and others. He was principal oboe of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and 2006 till 2012 principal oboe with the London Symphony Orchestra. Since 2011 he has been Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music London.

Christoph Hartmann

The parents who brought up Christoph Hartmann in Landsberg am Lech knew how to support his hobbies – music making, running and cycling. That he would choose the Oboe as a professional career was pure coincidence and was largely due to the local music school wanting to establish an oboe class. He only tried the instrument once but it was enough to become his passion. Shortly after he studied with Georg Fischer at the Conservatory Augsburg; he continued his studies with Prof. Günther Passin in Munich. Before he finished his studies, Christoph Hartmann had already worked as a solo-oboist with the Stuttgart Philharmonic in 1991. Within the next year, he had progressed to the prestigious Berlin Philharmonic.

From that time on Christoph Hartmann has enjoyed a fulfilled life as a musician, playing in orchestral and chamber music concerts, teaching at the Herbert-von-Karajan-Academy, travelling outside of the orchestral fields as a soloist, conducting master classes and researching repertoire for his instrument, in archives and libraries.
Special Guest

Heinz Holliger
is one of the most versatile and unusual musicians of our time. Born in the Swiss town of Langenthal, he studied oboe in Berne, Paris and Basel, piano and composition.
After winning first prizes at the international competitions in Geneva and Munich, he embarked on an incomparable career as an oboist, a career that took him to the great music centers on all five continents. In a constant exchange between interpretation and composition, he expanded the technical options of his instrument and devoted himself to the advancement of contemporary music. Some of today’s most important composers dedicated some of their works to him. At the same time, he stood up for little known and poorly interpreted composers.
As a conductor, Heinz Holliger has worked for many years with some of the world’s leading orchestras and ensembles, including the Berlin Philharmonics, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Concertgebouworkest Amsterdam, the Philharmonia Orchestra London, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna Philharmonics, the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, the Budapest Festival Orchestra, the Orchestre National de Lyon and many others. He also has a longstanding cooperation with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.
Heinz Holliger has won numerous awards and prizes (compo­ser ­prize of the Association of Swiss Musicians, Ernst-von-Siemens-Musikpreis, Musikpreis of the city of Frankfurt, honorary doctorate of the University of Zurich, Zürcher Festspielpreis, Rheingau Musikpreis etc.). He also won many awards for his recordings (Diapason d’Or, Midem Classical Award, Edison-Award, Grand Prix du Disque, several Deutsche Schallplattenpreises). In 2015, the artist received the Grand Prix Suisse de Musique. In 2016, he was appointed honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
 Heinz Holliger is one of the most successful composers of our time. His works are published exclusively by Schott Musik International. His opera „Schneewittchen“ after a story by Robert Walser enjoyed great international success at the Zurich Opera. Holliger’s Scardanelli Zyklus and his violin concerto figure among his major works.


Klaus Thunemann

was born in Magdeburg, Germany. He originally studied piano but from the age of 18 focused on the bassoon. He was a student at the Hochschule für Musik in Berlin, where he studied under Willy Fugmann. Upon graduation Thunemann was engaged by the North German Radio Symphony Orchestra of Hamburg where he served as principal bassoonist from 1962 to 1978. During this time, he also appeared frequently in chamber music and as a soloist.
Thunemann has made an extensive discography, recording the bassoon repertoire of Vivaldi, Mozart and others for labels including Philips Records and Deutsche Grammophon. On his recordings he has collaborated with many artists including pianist Alfred Brendel, oboist Heinz Holliger, and the chamber group I Musici. From 1978 he focused on a teaching career in addition to his solo work. Thunemann served on the faculties of the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover, the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin, Madrid's International Institute of Chamber Music and the Reina Sofía School of Music in Madrid.

Upon his retirement from teaching in Germany, the German government honored Thunemann in 2006 with the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (the Federal Cross of Merit, Verdienstorden der Bundesrepublik Deutschland). Thunemann has continued to perform occasionally as a bassoon soloist. In October 2008 he appeared at the Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival playing the Bassoon Sonata by Saint-Saëns.

Stefano Canuti
was born in Parma, Italy in 1961 and started learning classical guitar aged 9, switching to the bassoon at 17 when he was taught by Ovidio Danzi. He joined the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra as first bassoonist, later moving to the RAI Orchestra of Torino. He has subsequently played with many orchestras worldwide, including playing solo bassoon with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra directed by Claudio Abbado and principal bassoon with the Symphonica Toscanini with M° Lorin Maazel. Stefano teaches all over Europe, the USA, South America and China and currently holds the title of Bassoon Chair at the Conservatorio di Musica "Campiani" di Mantova. Many of his students are now working with major orchestras. In June 2004, he was invited to permanently collaborate with the Fundaciòn del Estado para el Sistema Nacional de las Orquestas Juveniles e Infantiles de Venezuela.

Matthias Rácz

was born in Berlin in 1980 and began his musical education at the age of six, first on the piano and four years later also on bassoon.  He was a student of Professor Dag Jensen during his tertiary studies at the Hochschule for Music and Theatre in Hanover.He began to take part in competitions early on with great success. He won numerous first prizes in the German national youth music competition "Jugend musiziert". During his music studies he received various scholarships, including the Jürgen Ponto Foundation, the PE-Förderkreis for Music Students and the German National Academic Foundation.
Rácz received several prizes, among others the first prize in the Prague Spring International Music Competition 2002 and he won the ARD International Music Competition in Munich the same year.
As young as fifteen he made his solo debut with the Cologne Chamber Orchestra in the television production “Junge Künstler auf dem Podium” (Young Artists on Stage). This was followed by further concerts with the Interlochen World Youth Symphony Orchestra (Michigan/USA), Collegium Musicum Basel, North German Philharmonic Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and Berlin Symphony Orchestra, among others. He has been a guest soloist at many music festivals, including the Schwetzingen Mozart Festival, Rheingau Music Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and the Festival of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. His artistic accomplishments are documented by CD productions and live concert recordings with various radio companies, as well as in television and radio programmes.
Despite his young age, in 2003 Matthias Rácz was invited by Seiji Ozawa to teach at the Ongaku-juku Opera Project in Japan. He was a junior teacher at “Villa Musica” in Engers Castle, and he gave his first bassoon master class in 2004.
At the age of 21 he was already principal bassoonist of the Gürzenich Orchestra of Cologne, and from 2003 he has had the same position in the Tonhalle Orchestra in Zurich. In addition he plays principal bassoon in the Lucerne Festival Orchestra conducted by Claudio Abbado.

He is a professor at the Hochschule for Music and Theatre in Zurich
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