Sophie Dartigalongue, a bassoonist in the Berlin Philharmonic for the past two years has won the audition for principal bassoon in the Vienna Opera orchestra. She succeeds Professor Michael Werba in September this year.
Sophie, 24, French-born, played in the Orchestre des Pays de Savoie and the Orchestre de l’Opéra Lyon before upgrading to Berlin.
She becomes an automatic candidate member of the Vienna Philharmonic, though whether they can overcome embedded prejudices to give her full membership remains to be seen.
Berlin’s loss is Vienna’s gain.