Vienna Philharmonic lines up new solo bassoon

Vienna Philharmonic lines up new solo bassoon


norman lebrecht

October 28, 2021

The Tyrolean Lukas Schmid, 26, a student at Vienna’s University of Music and Performing Arts, has won an audition for solo bassoon at the orchestra of the Vienna State Opera, which means he is co-opted for a trial period with the Vienna Philharmonic.

He will take up the position some time next year.


  • Aleph says:

    Is there a Viennese school of bassoon playing? Serious question, because there certainly are for clarinet and oboe, which differ from the French schools and even German schools.

    • Wai Kit Leung says:

      The Viennese bassoon is a variant of the German bassoon, with some changes in the vent keys and some different fingerings in the tenor register.

    • ruben Greenberg says:

      As far as I know, they have always used the same Heckel bassoons as are used all over the world, including France these days. You’re, of course, right about their oboes and clarinets, to which I would add their horns.

  • Pippo says:

    Viennese style uses minimal vibrato

  • freddynyc says:

    Is there a way of identifying bassoonists from different orchestras in the same way we can tell concertmasters apart…..?

  • Laban Greb says:

    I heard about this over a year ago…??