Estonian Bassoonist Martin Kuuskmann in Guest Recital

January 29, 2015
Martin Kuuskmann, an Estonian-born bassoon virtuoso, will present a recital at Baylor University on Wednesday, February 4, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Roxy Grove Hall. Joining him for this performance will be Baylor’s Lecturer in Collaborative Piano, Cameron Hofmann.
Their program will consist of a single work from 2010, the Sonata for Bassoon and Piano by Swiss-American saxophonist Daniel Schnyder. According to the composer, “One day, a couple of years ago, the bassoonist Martin Kuuskmann, a good friend of mine, stepped into my office, saw the Saxophone Sonata, and told me that he would love to play it on his bassoon. He thought the piece would be perfect for bassoon and that there is nothing like that in the repertoire. I told him right away that this work is probably not playable on a bassoon. He insisted, and we developed together a new version of the piece, using the range and possibilities of the bassoon.”
A graduate of the Yale and the Manhattan Schools of Music, Martin Kuuskmann teaches at Cornish College of Arts in Seattle, Washington. He serves as the woodwind coach of the Baltic Youth Philharmonic and teaches regularly at the Arosa Music Academy in Switzerland. He is a founding member and solo bassoonist of the New York City-based Absolute Ensemble.
As a recording artist, Martin Kuuskmann received a 2007 Grammy nomination for his recording of David Chesky’s Bassoon Concerto. His 2012 release of reconstructed bassoon concertos by Johann Sebastian Bach, with world renowned violist Lars Anders Tomter and the 1B1 Ensemble, was released to high praise on Simax records. His acclaimed solo CD, Nonstop, and other albums are available on ERP, Erdenklang, CCn’C, and Chesky record labels.
This recital is free of charge and open to the public. For more information, call the Baylor University School of Music at 254-710-3991.
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