Professor & Professional Bassoonist
Born in Parma, Italy, Stefano is recognized worldwide as one of the most charismatic and talented bassoonists of his generation.
A student of Ovidio Danzi, he has worked as first bassoon with Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and the RAI National Symphony Orchestra in Torino, as well as the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Symphonica Toscanini under the direction of Claudio Abbado and Lorin Maazel.
Stefano is most well-known as a passionate and energetic soloist, chamber musician and pedagogue. With a high profile career of over 30 years, he has performed in major concert halls throughout Europe, the US, South America, China, Japan, and Scandinavia. Previously holding formal teaching positions in Spain and the Venezuelan Sistema, he also leads masterclasses and lectures in conservatoires, festivals and conferences around the world.
Stefano first learned classical guitar and switched to bassoon at the age of seventeen. He was first bassoonist of the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and then moved to the RAI orchestra in Turin. He has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in many cities in Europe, in North and South America and in China, and has recorded a dozen solo albums. On the 25th anniversary of the International Double Reed Society he recorded François René Gebauer's six arias from Gioacchino Rossini's "The Barber of Seville" for two bassoons with Sergio Azzolini .
In symphonic works he appeared with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra under Claudio Abbado and the Symphonica Toscanini under Lorin Maazel.
Stefano teaches bassoon at the Conservatorio de Música Lucio Campiani in Mantua, Italy. Since 2006 he has been a Professor of Bassoon at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester (RNCM), a leading international conservatoire located in the heart of Manchester, UK. He sits on the panel of many major international woodwind competitions, most recently the Gillet-Fox, Muri, and Audi Mozart.
Photo credit: Victoria Haydn