Here is a sample of the oboe and bassoon players performing at the IDRS 2023 conference (presented here in alphabetical order).
Celia Craig is a past President of the Australasian Double Reed Society and after her tenure as Principal Oboist of the Adelaide Symphony, Ms. Craig has maintained a busy performance and recording schedule. Ms. Craig is also the Creative director of Artaria, a production company for musicians. Ms. Craig will be performing Narong Prangcharoen’s Quadruple Concerto, Absence of Time
Diana Doherty, currently principal oboist of the Sydney Symphony, is a world-renowned oboe performer and in high demand as a soloist. Ms. Doherty will be performing Sanctuary for Oboe, Cor Anglais and String Orchestra, as well as teaching a masterclass on Solo repertoire for oboe.
Arnaldo de Felice
Arnaldo de Felice is Oboe Professor at the Monteverdi Conservatory of Music, Bolzano, Italy. In addition to his oboe teaching duties, Mr. de Felice is a prolific composer, having been commissioned by Ken Nagano and many international orchestras. Mr. de Felice will be performing a new work commissioned by Mahidol University, College of Music Dean Narong Prangcharoen on an evening gala concert, as well as a recital of trio-sonatas with Weiwei Dong and Lansong Li.
Christoph Hartmann is currently a member of the oboe section in the Berlin Philharmonic and an active clinician, performer, and teacher internationally. Mr. Hartmann will be performing Glinka’s Sonata for Viola and Piano arranged for English Horn and String Quartet at an evening gala and also on a daytime recital with Magnus Nilsson.
Gordon Hunt, currently Principal Oboist of the London Chamber Orchestra, is a professor of oboe at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, as well as an active conductor. Mr. Hunt will be conducting the Thailand Philharmonic during the IDRS 2023 convention, as well as performing the Concerto in F major for two Oboes with co-host Cooper Wright. Mr. Hunt will also teach a masterclass on orchestral excerpts.
Inoko Isobe, currently Co-Principal of the Jyvaskyla Sinfonia, is an active performer in Finland and is looking forward to attending her first IDRS. Ms. Isobe will be performing the Concerto for Oboe and String Orchestra by Alan Rawsthorne, as well as Soliloquey by Nicola LeFanu on an evening gala concert.
Alex Klein, a Grammy-winning oboist, is currently Principal Oboist of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and Oboe Professor at DePaul University. Mr. Klein will be performing the Concerto for Oboe and Orchestra by Osvaldo Lacerda as well as teaching a masterclass on solo repertoire for unaccompanied oboe.
Yeonhee Kwak is Professor of Oboe at Seoul National University and teaches throughout Europe and Asia. Previously Ms. Kwak was Principal Oboist of the Bavarian Radio Orchestra. Ms. Kwak will be performing the Concerto for Oboe and String Orchestra by Ralph Vaughn Williams.
Jose Masmano, who hosted the IDRS 2018 conference in Grenada, is currently Associate Principal Oboist and Cor Anglais of the Orquesta Ciudad de Granada. Mr. Masmano is also an active performer and oboe content creator for Youtube. Mr. Masmano will be performing J. S. Bach’s Concerto for oboe in d minor, as well as Oscar Navarro’s Una Historia de la Alhambra with Sophie Dervaux.
Alexandre Oguey is currently English Hornist of the Sydney Symphony. In addition to his symphony work, Mr. Oguey is an active performer across Australia in the New Sydney Wind quintet, the Australia Ensemble, and with the prize-winning Wildwind Quintet. Mr. Oguey will be performing Sanctuary for Oboe, Cor Anglais and String Orchestra, as well as teaching a masterclass on Solo repertoire for Cor Anglais.
Alison Teale is Co-Principal Oboist of the BBC Symphony Orchestra after formerly serving as Principal Cor Anglais with the same orchestra for 12 years. Ms. Teale is an oboe professor at Guildhall School of Music and Drama and a busy clinician. Ms. Teale will be performing music for Oboe and Percussion in a recital and will be teaching a masterclass on English Horn orchestral excerpts.
Philippe Tondre is currently Principal Oboist of the Philadelphia Orchestra. As an active performer, clinician, and Professor of Oboe at Curtis Institute of Music. Mr. Tondre will perform the Concerto for Oboe and Orchestra by Bohuslav Martinu, as well as a recital presenting “Le Premiere Ordre La Francoise” by Francois Couperin with Nuttha Kuankajorn.
Weidong Wei is Professor of Oboe at the Beijing Central Conservatory and an active clinician. Previously Mr. Wei was the Principal Oboist of the National Symphony Orchestra of China. Mr. Wei will be performing the Concerto for Oboe and Orchestra by Frigyes Hidas, as well as a recital of trio sonatas with Arnaldo de Felice and Lansong Li.
Hans Agreda currently plays contrabassoon in the Tonhalle Orchester in Zurich and teaches the same instrument at the Zurich University of the Arts and the Frankfurt University of Music. At the IDRS 2023 Conference he will perform Efrain Oscher’s Barroqueana Sudamericana Nr. 3 on contrabassoon with the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra.
Sophie Dervaux, Principal Bassoon of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, has been prizewinner of numerous competitions, including the ARD competition, performs worldwide and has performed as a soloist with more than 50 different orchestras. Mrs. Dervaux will be performing Weber’s Andante e Rondo Ongarese with the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra during the IDRS 2023 convention, as well as teaching a masterclass.
Monica Ellis is currently bassoon professor at the Manhattan School of Music and a founding member of the Grammy nominated quintet, the Imani Winds. The Imani Winds, now in its 23nd season, has recorded 7 albums. At the conference Ms. Ellis will be performing a recital and presenting a masterclass.
Paul Hanson is a highly awarded jazz/fusion player who has recorded and/or played with Bill Cobham’s Crosswinds Ensemble, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, and Jon Batiste, among many others. In 2008 Mr. Hanson was invited to create his own role as electric improvising bassoonist in Cirque Du Soleil’s ZED-a resident show at Tokyo Disney Resort. Mr. Hanson will be performing on recital and will present a masterclass on improvising.
As soloist Rebekah Heller has played with the New York Philharmonic and Seattle Symphony, among others. She currently teaches bassoon at the College of Performing Arts (CoPA) and the Mannes School of Music. She will be performing a brand new collaboration between her and composer Steve Reich called “Grand Street Counterpoint.”
Yoshi Ishikawa is a past president of the IDRS and is currently the bassoon professor at the University of Colorado Boulder and the President of the Asian Double Reed Association (ADRA). At the IDRS 2023 conference he will play the Vanhal Concerto for 2 Bassoons with host Chris Schaub and the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra.
Lanson Li is currently bassoon professor at Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, Principal bassoon of the China Philharmonic orchestra, as well as Artistic Director of the Beijing International Bassoon Arts Festival. Mr. Li will be performing his own bassoon solo “The River’s Water” in recital and teaching a masterclass.
Magnus Nilsson is currently principal bassoon of the Helnsinborg Symphony Orchestra. He won the 1985 Gillet Bassoon Competition and has premiered many new works, among other accomplishments. At the conference Mr. Nilsson will be premiering a new work by Swedish composer Neo Korths on a gala event and will also perform a recital with Christoph Hartmann.
Kathleen McLean and Mingyuan Yang
Kathleen McLean and Mingyuan Yang will be premiering the Double Concerto for Two Bassoons and String Orchestra by Ching Nam Hippocrates Cheng with the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra. Ms. McLean is currently bassoon professor at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University and Mr. Yang is bassoon professor at Columbus State University Schwab School of Music.
Amy Pollard is currently professor of bassoon at the University of Georgia and principal bassoon of the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra. At the 2023 IDRS conference she will be playing a recital and presenting a masterclass titled, “Improving Performance Focus and Managing Performance Anxiety.”
Mattias Racz currently plays principal bassoon in the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich under Paavo Järvi and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra under Riccardo Chailly. He is also professor of bassoon at the Zurich University of the Arts. At the IDRS 2023 conference he will be performing on one evening chamber concert as well as a recital.
Malte Refardt is currently bassoon professor at the Folkwang University of Arts and Artistic Director (with his wife) of the chamber music festival, “Domleschger Sommerkonzerte” in Switzerland. Mr. Refardt has performed with all major orchestras in Germany and is highly active giving masterclasses and serving on major competition committees. At the conference he will be performing on an evening Gala event.
Lyndon Watts is currently professor of bassoon at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music and was previously principal bassoonist of the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra for 18 years. Mr. Watts will be performing Matt Laing's bassoon concerto "Of Paradise Lost" with the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra.