Professional Bassoonist & Masterclass Instructor
Gustavo Núñez, principal bassoon with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, is considered one of the best bassoonists of his generation. He was born in Montevideo, Uruguay in 1965 and received violin lessons from the age of five. His true passion, however, has been since 1976 the instrument his father played in Venezuela, the bassoon.
From the age of 16 he studied with Kerry Camden at London’s Royal College of Music. Later, between 1984 and 1988, he was a student in Prof. Klaus Thunemann’s prestigious class in Hanover, Germany. Still a student, Gustavo Núñez was awarded the “Prix Suisse” at the International Competition in Geneva and won the Carl Maria von Weber Prize in Munich, both in 1987. In 1988 he played at the Opera House in Darmstadt and from 1989 he was principal Bassoon with the Bamberg Symphony, where he remained until his Concertgebouw appointment in 1995.
Gustavo Núñez has recorded the important works for bassoon by Mozart, Vivaldi, Villa-Lobos en Gubaidulina, among others, with the Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra and the Academy of St-Martin-in-the-Fields.
Next to his Concertgebouw activity, the artist holds a professorship at the Robert Schumann Academy in Düsseldorf and the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía in Madrid.