I always wanted to play the bassoon, here is my first attempt to make my own out of legos, age 4.
Luckily in 1996 I got my first Fagottino, made by Bernd Moosmann. This was the first time I tried the instrument.
I remember very well the second time I tried my new Fagottino, I was playing alone in the living room, and I got extremely pissed off. My whole life I had heard my father Robert Rønnes play the bassoon beautifully, but when I played it sounded nothing like him. I got so angry that I threw the Fagottino on the sofa, still with the bocal and reed on, and shouted out loud: "Din dumming!" ("You fool!"). However after some time I got to know that some lessons might help, so I eventually started.
I got to visit my bassoon manufacturer's factory (Bernd Moosmann) for the first time, late 90s.
Bernd Moosmann was kind to show me around his workshop.
The first "Prost" ("cheers") with
A photo after a fun recording session of "Drunken Sailor" with my father and Audun Halvorsen. (Audun is today the Principal Bassoonist in the Danish Radio, in Copenhagen.)
Some years later (age 13) I got to be a soloist in the Stavanger Symphony's hall with Rogaland Youth Symphony Orchestra, on the program was Antonín Jiránek's (1712-1761) Bassoon Concerto no. 3 in F major. Here I'm playing on my first full size bassoon, Model 100 by Moosmann.
The concert program from my international debut as a soloist, in Steinfurth (Germany) at the age of 14.
While hospitating to The Norwegian Academy of Music I also played with the Academy's orchestra, here we're playing Penderecki's 5th Symphony, with Penderecki as conductor! I was the youngest musician in the orchestra.
Discussing & adding the high F# key on my bassoon's wing joint at Moosmann's factory.
Won a Norwegian Schoolarship to travel to Florence (Italy) to study baroque interpretation with Federico Maria Sardelli. Here is his feedback after discussing Vivaldi and after I played 2 of his own Sonatas for him, both dedicated to me.
Meeting Trevor Cramer (TrevCo Music Publishing) and Bodo Koenigsbeck (Accolade Musikverlag) in München to recieve my first publication at TrevCo: my restored Urtext version of Müthel's Concert in Eb-Major for 2 Bassoons and orchestra.
Ready for Smetana's "Die verkaufte Braut" & Nielsen's 2nd Symphony. Photo from Alsion concerthall, Sønderborg.
On tour to Flensburg (Germany), on the program was Tchaikovsky's 6th Symphony and Shostakovich's Violin Concerto No. 1.
The bassoon section was: me, Xavier Vidal and Jesper Kaae Rasmusen.
From our photoshoot for the new season. Some truly fantastic musicians and friends, and I'm always looking forwards to be back!
The bassoon section in Iceland Symphony after one of the concerts, from left to right: Michael Kaulartz, Bryndís Þórsdóttir, Brjánn Ingason and me. This is the same group who premiered my arrangement of Edvard Grieg's "In the Hall of the Mountain King" for 3 bassoons & contra. The sheet music can be downloaded for free HERE.
Inherited my father's (Robert Rønnes') bassoon sheet music library. What you see in the photo are the first 7 of the total 14 boxes of only bassoon music, which took 46 years to collect.
Performed Rachmaninov’s 2nd Symphony with Deutsche Philharmonie Merck in one of my favorite halls in Wiesbaden: Friedrich von Thiersch Saal.
First week in Stavanger Symphony Orchestra on the Principal chair with my father playing 2nd bassoon. On the photo are me and Principal Clarinetist Håkon Vestly.
Playing Jolivet for Prof. Roger Birnstingl
Giving a masterclass in Poznan (Poland) at the «Pracownia fagocisty 2018», here talking about the bassoon’s highest register for or an audience of approximately 40 bassoonists; which incuded everything from students, to professionals to Professors (86 year old Prof. Roger Birnstingl on first row!). 7 of my bassoon ensemble arrangements also got performed at this masterclass, by: Prof. Ole Kristian T. Dahl, Sebastian Stevensson, Arek Adamczyk, Mateusz Nowicki, Topias Kiiskinen and myself + all the copies I brought of my «12 Bassoon Studies, Op. 33» got sold. A wonderful time!
3 generations on stage together! From left to right: my teacher Prof. Ole Kristian T. Dahl, Prof. Roger Birnstingl still going strong at age 86 (teacher of both my teacher & my father Robert Rønnes), and me. Immortal memories.
Had a wonderful time with Stavanger Symphony February 2018, performing 5 great pieces by Debussy: «Premiere Rhapsodie», «La boîte à joujoux», «Danses sacrée et danse profane», «Nocturnes» and «Iberia».
Ready for concert with Mannheim Bassoon Quintet, pieces by J.S.Bach, R. Wagner, F. Chopin, P. Jansen and more on the program. From left to right: Katrin Mayer, Franz-Jürgen Dörsam, Martin Kersch, me & Sascha Jordan.
One of the amazing things with being a musician: you never know who’s coming backstage after your concert to greet your tired face. Prof. Alfred Rinderspacher was among the audience after my concert in Mannheim Febr. 2018.
A short excerpt from the opening of Piazzolla's "Café 1930", played together with Guitarist Tormund Blikra Vea. This was performed after we gave a masterclass in Stavanger (Norway) in Febr. 2018. We also performed music by Vivaldi, Piazzolla, my own arrangements & more
Had a great talk with the Finnish composer Kalevi Aho in Helsinki (Finland), March 2018. His newest concerto for 2 bassoons is to be premiered later the same year.
A great bassoon gathering in Helsinki March 2018, from left to right: Xaro Martínez Felipe (IDRS Winner 2017), me, Arvid Larsson (Contrabassoonist Helsinki Radio), Asko Padinki (1st Bsn Finnish Opera), Bence Bogányi (Bsn in Prof. Hannover) & Marcin Wosa Wosinski (Bsn in Tampere Phil.)
A photo after a surprise-concert for bassoonist Emil Schmitt's 90th birthday, together with Annina Holland-Moritz, Eckhard Mayer and Prof. Franz Jurgen Dorsam.
Won the audition for Principal Bassoon in The Baltic Opera, March 2018!
Got a custom-made wooden reedcase made by Holzinger (Australia)! It‘s big enough to store 60 reeds, and the reedcase fits perfectly in my Bam bassoon case. Excellent work Holzinger!
12 minutes excerpts from my performance of Egil Hovland's "Agnus Dei", performed together with the choir Kammerchor an Johannis and conductor Niklas Sikner. After the last chord the audience was silent for 30 seconds, truly a holy moment! VIdeo recorded by Yuan Lu (Bassoonist in Ningbo Symphony, China).
Started my own publishing company: "KOR-Publishing". The first published piece of music was my restored urtext edition of Georg Friedrich Händel's Concerto for Oboe & Bassoon, IGH 115. Within 24 hours it was already purchased in America, Asia and Europe. This publication is still available today, HERE (after clicking, scroll down)
Trying a lot of historical bassoons at Prof. Franz Jurgen Dorsam’s home, among them: french basson, baroque bassoon, german bassoon from c. 1890s, bass dulcian, soprano dulcian, and Rackett (last mentioned I’m playing in this photo).