oregon symphony musician wins LA Phil position

Photo: Ashley Courter

Evan Kuhlmann, OSO Assistant principal bassoonist/contrabassoonist has won a highly coveted position with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, which I was able to confirm with him today. No word on when Evan will begin work in LA. Most position start dates are set at the mutual availability and convenience of both the orchestra and the audition winner. In addition to his work with the Oregon Symphony, Evan is also a brilliant composer and arranger, and is a member of the Arcturus Wind Quintet and 45th Parallel Universe.

Evan’s bio from the Oregon Symphony website:

Evan Kuhlmann was born in Seattle, Washington. He graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy with Honors in Bassoon and English and The Juilliard School; where he earned a B.M. in Bassoon Performance with Scholastic Distinction as a student of Frank Morelli, a Graduate Diploma in Music Composition as a student of Robert Beaser, and the Peter Mennin Prize for Outstanding Achievement and Leadership in Music. Evan also studied bassoon with Francine Peterson, Barrick Stees, and Eric Stomberg; and composition with Samuel Jones, Stanley Wolfe, and Philip Lasser.

As assistant principal bassoon and contrabassoon with the Oregon Symphony, he has been praised for his “outstanding” playing (The Oregonian) and can be seen “rocking out” on a regular basis (Seen and Heard International). He has performed with numerous orchestras internationally including the St. Louis, San Diego, and Seattle Symphonies, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, All-Star Orchestra, and Orchestra of the Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, Italy.

In 2000, Evan made his solo debut with the Seattle Symphony at Benaroya Hall. He has also performed as soloist with the Marrowstone Festival Orchestra, and with Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson and the Oregon Symphony. Evan makes frequent appearances as a guest artist on local chamber and contemporary music series, as well as music festivals in the Northwest and beyond. As principal bassoon of the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, he has performed countless premieres, including works of John Adams, Magnus Lindberg, James MacMillan, and Christopher Rouse.

A dedicated teacher, Evan is a faculty member at Portland State University and Woodwinds @ Wallowa Lake, and maintains a private studio. He has also taught at the Marrowstone Music Festival and coached the bassoonists of the Filarmónica Joven de Colombia, Portland Youth Philharmonic, and Metropolitan Youth Symphony.

battle of the bands

If you want to see how a $44,648* orchestra compares to a $143,260* orchestra, now’s your chance! Both the Oregon Symphony and the Los Angeles Philharmonic have archived streaming broadcasts available online right now that both feature Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring. Not to take anything away from the LAPhil, but I happen to think that Oregon can stand pretty proud on its account of the Rite. Let me know what you think in the comments section below.

*Minimum yearly scale. Source: Wage Scales and Conditions in the Symphony Orchestra; ICSOM; 2011-2012 season.

season announcements – soloists

I’m revisiting my previous post, in which I somewhat lazily dissected the season announcements  of three orchestras (Chicago, Seattle, and Nashville) for 2012-2013, to a look at the soloists that they’ve engaged for the season (plus those slated for the LA Philharmonic as well, to add some more (?) into the mix). Will there be any trends, any surprises? Not likely, but you never know. Continue reading “season announcements – soloists”