Gustavo Núñez

Gustavo Núñez

He was born in Montevideo, Uruguay in 1965. He is principal bassoon at the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam.

Born into a family of musicians, he started learning solfeo and violin at a very young age. Upon turning eleven, he took up his true vocation: the bassoon, an instrument that he would learn from his father who was a bassoonist in Venezuela.. Shortly thereafter, he was admitted in the Simón Bolívar Orchestra in Caracas. Years later, in 1981, he moved to London to pursue studies at the Royal College of Music under Kerry Camden and in 1984 he joined the prestigious class of professor Klaus Thunemann at Hannover’s Hochschule fur Musik und Theater, where he graduated in 1988. During his studies he was laureate at the Geneva International Music Competition (Prix Suisse) and at the Carl Maria von Weber Competition in Munich (First Prize), both in 1987. In 1988, upon graduating, he became principal bassoon of the Darmstadt Theater Orchestra of Germany, and in 1989, he was appointed soloist of the Bamberg Symphony, where he was based until he was hired by Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw in 1995. Since 1999, he has been teaching at Dusseldorf’s Robert Schumann Higher Music School.

He has recorded different CDs –available on Channel-Classics and Pentatone– with bassoon works by Mozart, Vivaldi, Devienne, Villa-Lobos and Gubaidulina, amongst others, with the Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields.