These are the bassoon finalists in the ARD competition

Marta Alvarez, Spain
Rafael Angster, France
Donatien Bachmann, Switzerland
Denisa Beňovská, Slovakia
Javier Biosca, Spain
Marie Boichard, France
Sophie Breit, Austria
Ariane Bresch, France

Andrea Cellacchi, Italy
Mary Chalk, United States
Younghak Cheon, South Korea
Kwang-Hyun Cho, South Korea
Valeria Curti, Switzerland
Benjamin Dolfin, Hungary
Thomas Dulfer, Netherlands
Anna Ernst, Germany
Gordon Fantini, Italy
Paulo Ferreira, Portugal
Kenichi Furuya, Japan
Sara Galán Rica, Spain
Raffaele Giannotti, Italy
Francesco Giussani, Italy
Alba Gonzalez Ruiz, Spain
Lukas Grubinger, Austria
Jeon Jisu, South Korea
Relja Kalapis, Serbia
Jinsol Kim, South Korea
Minju Kim, South Korea
Eunho Lee, South Korea
Marceau Lefevre, France
Ju Hyung Lim, South Korea
Clara Manaud, France
Aline Maurer, Austria
Szymon Michalik, Poland
Yota Minakami, Japan
Mihael Mitev, Slovenia
Alexandre Molina Solís, Spain
Daniel Mota, Portugal
Lena Nagai, Japan
Kazuki Nagata, Japan
Baris Önel, Turkey
Alvaro Pestaña Diez, Spain
Magdalena Pircher, Austria
Theo Plath, Germany
Kaspar Reh, Germany
Amandine Riviere, France
Diana Rohnfelder, Germany
Nerea Saez Guijarro, Spain
Théo Sarazin, France
Maike Schieferecke, Germany
Lukas Schmid, Austria
Marlene Schwärzler, Austria
Petra Seidl, Austria
Ignacio Soler Pérez, Spain
Michaela Spackova, Czech Republic
Mathis Stier, Germany
Lisanne Traub, Germany
Shao-Jung Wang, Taiwan (ROC)
Haruka Yoshida, Japan

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  • The previous rounds must have been grueling if only about sixty or so bassoonists made the finals! How many entered the competition – six thousand?

  • The previous rounds must have been grueling if barely sixty or so bassoonists made the finals! How many entered the competition – six thousand?

    • These are the musicians allowed to the main competition. The first round will start in September I believe.

    • Not even second round….the competition hasn’t even started yet. It will run from the 2. until the 20. September. The names Norman lists as “finalists” are actually the musicians who have been admitted to participate.

  • It is pretty striking that you could have such a long list of bassoonists and only one from North America and zero from South America or Australia/NZ. Norman is always on about gender balance at these things. What about geographical balance?

    • Surprisingly, you failed to be struck by the absence of Africa, not to mention Antarctica: for example, a few of those bassoon-playing penguins would have raised the cuteness level of the competition quite considerably!

  • It wasn’t my intention to place two nearly identical comments here. The first one didn’t look like it came through which is why I wrote the second one. Enjoying SD on my mobile phone became very inconvenient lately.

    • Reportedly, Ukrainians demanded to have as many spots as Russians were getting while Russians insisted on having at least one more than Ukrainians. This difference of one could not be resolved and the competition decided to proceed without either country. This suited Russians just fine because Aleksander Griboyedov explained to them already two centuries ago that ФАГОТ (bassoon) was ХРИПУН and УДАВЛЕННИК (sounded hoarse and as if being strangled).

  • And we are told here in the UK that the bassoon is an ‘endangered instrument’! With such a large number of trained players in this competition alone there looks to be a ready supply to meet the requirements of orchestras and solo concerts for years to come – even if some countries have to import them.

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