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David Walter

Born in Paris in 1958, David Walter has pursued an original career: after obtaining First Prize in oboe and chamber music at the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique de Paris, he quickly gained recognition outside of France by winning five international prizes one after the other in Ancona, Prague, Munich, Belgrade and Geneva. His chamber music activities include first and foremost playing with the Quintette Moragues and many other partners.
David Walter was only 29 years old when, owing to his enthusiasm and dedication to teaching, he was appointed the youngest-ever oboe and chamber music professor at the renowned Paris Conservatoire.
In an attempt to enrich the relatively limited oboe repertoire, Mr. Walter has proved himself a tireless and authoritative transcriber: to date he has made more than 1000 arrangements and is himself a composer (35 works to date). In December 2016, he conducted his opera "La jeune fille sans mains" in Paris with the Orchestre National de l’Ile de France at the Philharmonie de Paris.

Jean-Louis Capezzali
studied at the Versailles Conservatory in France, where he received a gold medal and an honour prize. In 1979, after receiving the National Certificate of Aptitude to become an oboe professor, he was awarded the position of principal oboe with the Concert Lamoureux Orchestra in Paris. He was a prizewinner at the Geneva (silver medal, 1982) and Prague (1986) international competitions. In 1984 he was appointed principal oboist of the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra based in Paris. In 1988 he was named oboe professor at the Paris National Conservatory of Music, and was also appointed oboe professor at the Lyon National Conservatory of Music where he currently teaches. In 2009, he was appointed oboe professor at the Haute Ecole of Music in Lausanne. Jean-Louis Capezzali enjoys a career as a soloist and chamber musician, appearing with leading ensembles and performing at music festivals throughout the world. In his master classes he represents the French School of oboe playing.

Gregor Witt

Gregor Witt, Principal oboist with the Staatskapelle Berlin and Professor for oboe and chamber music at the "Hochschule für Musik und Theater" in Rostock, is one of Germany’s most sought after musicians.
After graduating from the Hochschule fuer Musik "Hanns Eisler" in 1989, where Mr. Witt studied with Professor Gerd Albrecht Kleinfeld, he became associate principal with Mecklenburgische Staatskapelle Schwerin. In 1990 he accepted the position as first principal oboist at the Komische Oper Berlin. Three years later, in 1993, Daniel Barenboim invited him to join the Staatskapelle and Staatsoper Berlin in the same capacity.
Gregor Witt has forged numerous musical bonds with chamber ensembles and and solosist, including the Wind Quintet of the Staatskapelle Berlin, Berlin Wind Soloists and he partners with musicians such as Daniel Barenboim, David Geringas, Julia Fischer, Klaus Thunemann, Marie Luise Neunecker.  
Musical travels as a soloist, teacher and conductor have taken him to many of Europe’s great musical centers, Japan, the Americas and Isreal. He has been heard as guest principal oboe with many of the great European orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the Saechsische Staatskapelle Dresden, the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, the North German Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Radios Symphony Orchestra of Berlin and the German Symphony Orchestra.  At the invitation of Gidon Kremer, Mr. Witt and the Wind Quintet of the Staatskapelle Berlin performed at the International Chamber Music Festival in Lockenhaus and he was a guest at the Jerusalem Chamber Music Festival in Jerusalem and New York.
Gregor Witt is a passionate and dedicated teacher. He has been teaching since1993, first at the Uni- versiteat der Kuenste in Berlin and currently at the "Hochschule für Musik und Theater" in Rostock. He is in much demand as a teacher. Several of his pupils have won national and international awards. He gives international master classes around the world such as at Juilliard in New York, Scandinavia, Asia and Russia. Together with Daniel Barenboim, he mentored for ten years the Isreali-Arab Youth Orches-tra "West-Eastern Divan" as well as the students of the Orchestra Academy of the Staatskapelle Berlin.
In the last decade, Gregor Witt has also taken to conducting at the Mecklenburg Wind Academy, of which he is one of the founders. As a conductor and soloist he worked recently with numerous chamber orchestras and the frequently with the State Orchestra of St. Petersburg. His latest cd "my oboe", recorded with the "Kammerakademie Potsdam" and Daniel Barenboim as his partner in Robert Schumann`s "Drei Romanzen für Oboe und Klavier" got outstanding reviews in Germany and abroad.


Carlo Colombo

Born in Padua, Italy, Carlo Colombo studied in Milano (E. Dall’Oca), Geneva (R. Birnstingl) and Amsterdam (B. Pollard). He has served as principal bassoonist of the Lyon National Opera Orchestra since its inception in 1983. From 1978 to 1981 he was Principal Bassoonist of the ensemble "I Solisti Veneti" and has performed as guest principal bassoonist with many major European orchestras under the baton of conductors such as L. Bernstein, R. Muti, R. Chailly, A. Dorati, P. Herrewege, Sir N. Marriner, M. Corboz, etc.. His interest in original instruments led him to start playing with the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique conducted by Sir J. E. Gardiner. He is a member of the "Maurice Bourgue" Wind Ensemble and a faculty member of the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Lyon since 2001. C. Colombo joined the faculty at the Lausanne Conservatory in Switzerland in 2005 and he was a guest professor at Indiana University and the Oberlin Conservatory. He has been editing neglected pieces of the bassoon repertoire for Billaudot and Accolade.

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

began his first musical training during his school days in Berlin. At the musical Carl-Philipp-Emanuel-Bach-Gymnasium he had the opportunity to study with Fritz Finsch, in these days professor for bassoon at the Conservatory Hanns Eisler. After graduation and numerous first prizes at the federal competition "Jugend musiziert", he continued his studies with Prof. Dag Jensen at the University of Music and Theatre in Hanover and received various grants, such as scholarships by the Jürgen Ponto Foundation, the Villa Musica, the PE Promotion for Students of Music and the German Academic Scholarship Foundation. At the International Bayreuth Music Competition "Pacem in Terris" in 2000 he received 3rd prize in the overall ranking of all woodwind instruments. In 2002, he won 1st prizes both at the international music competition "Prague Spring" and the International ARD Music Competition in Munich.

Matthias Rácz made his debut as a soloist at the age of 15 with the Cologne Chamber Orchestra in the German television production "Young Artists on Stage". Until today he has played countless concerts as soloist with renowned orchestras, including the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra and the Ensemble Resonanz. As soloist with various ensembles and as well for solo recitals he was guest soloist at many important music festivals such as the Rheingau Music Festival, the Schleswig Holstein Music Festival, the Mozart Festival Schwetzingen and the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.
His CD productions include the Northwest German Philharmonic Orchestra and the major bassoon concertos by Mozart, Hummel and Weber and most recently with the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra and mainly French works for bassoon and small orchestra (both under the baton of Johannes Klumpp); these CDs and various recordings of TV- and radio broadcasters showcase his artistic accomplishments.
Since the start of his career, Matthias Rácz has been highly engaged in the advancement of young talents. Despite his young age, he was invited in 2003 by Maestro Seiji Ozawa to Japan as a lecturer at his academy project "Ongaku-juku Opera". Since then, numerous master classes have lead him around the globe. Moreover, he is artistic director for bassoon at "The Muri Competition" in Switzerland and holds the chair for bassoon at the Zurich University of the Arts.
At 21, he was already principal bassoonist of the Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne. Since 2003 he has held the same position at the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra under Riccardo Chailly.
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