James meets world-renowned bassoonist

20th Mar 2017

I was lucky enough to attend a Bassoon Masterclass conducted by, arguably, one of the best bassoonists in the world, Lyndon Watts. He is a principal bassoonist of the Munich Philharmonic, a world-renowned orchestra. The masterclass was held at the Victorian College of the Arts and was part of the MYO (Melbourne Youth Orchestra) program. It was the first of their masterclasses for the year. Four players, all of whom were above AMEB Grade 7 standard, performed and were “mentored” by Lyndon. By the end of their 30 minutes, their pieces were completely transformed. Lyndon also played many of the pieces himself. They sounded entirely different from everyone else when he played them. I definitely benefited from this one-of-a-kind experience, and I am ready to put his tips into action!

By James, Bassoonist