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.

fearnomusic @ DISJECTA friday

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Agniezka Laska Dancers – Photo: Chris Leck

Fear No Music will be presenting its second concert of the season, Home Grown: Fresh, Delectable Sounds by Oregon Composers, at Disjecta (8371 North Interstate Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97217) this Friday February 13th at 8 p.m.

It should be a fascinating and enjoyable concert, featuring some of the best dancers in the city as well as works by some of Oregon’s most renowned composers.  It’s a great way for a local new music ensemble to help celebrate Oregon’s 150th birthday.

Performers will include FNM regulars Inès Voglar, Joël Belgique, Mika Sunago and Joel Bluestone, as well as guest artists Evan Kuhlmann, Tomas Svoboda, Nancy Ives, the Agniezka Laska Dancers, and Gavin Larsen of Oregon Ballet Theater.

If you miss the program in Portland, it will be taken down the Willamette Valley :

  • EUGENE – 2/17/09 – Beall Concert Hall, University of Oregon @ 8:00 p.m.
  • SALEM – 2/19/09 – Hudson Concert Hall, Willamette University @ 7:30 p.m.

You can purchase advance tickets here, or at the door.

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Gavin Larsen in OBT’s production of Julia Adams’ Angelo
Photo: Blaine Truitt Covert

Here’s some info on the concert from their website:

As we prepare to honor Oregon’s 150th anniversary of statehood, we will participate in this historic event in our “fear no music” way by adding a fresh, musical twist to the excitement, festivities and pride associated with the anniversary. Join Fear No Music for the world premieres of three new works, written especially for this grand occasion, plus two new choreographies by Agnieszka Laska and Paul Drestrooper. Hear supernatural sounds created by composer Bonnie Miksch, Professor of Composition at Portland State University; experience acoustical journeys by the daring Robert Kyr; explore new sounds by Robert Priest, Artistic Director of Marzena; and revel in the ballet version of “Jilted” by Robert McBride and “Mama’s Song” by Jack Gabel. We are excited to collaborate with the Agnieszka Laska Dancers and Gavin Larsen, a lead dancer for the Oregon Ballet Theater, moving to the music of Tomas Svoboda, Jack Gabel, and Robert McBride. Also, featuring great works by John Peel, David Schiff and Ryan Francis. This concert is part of a regional tour that includes performances in Portland, Eugene and Salem.

This project is supported in part by a grant from the Oregon Cultural Trust, investing in Oregon’s arts, humanities and heritage, and presented as partners of Oregon 150. The concert in Portland is supported in part by a grant from RACC and Work for Art.


halloween at the oregon symphony

Can you tell which is the real Carlos Kalmar?


Carlos Kalmar with Acting Principal bassonist Evan Kuhlmann