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The International Double Reed Society is pleased to announce the repertoire for the 38th annual Gillet-Fox competition being held for bassoonists during the 2018 annual IDRS conference August 28 – September 1, 2018, at the Palacio de Congresos in Granada, Spain. The competition is for bassoonists who have not reached their 31st birthday by the date of the final round of the competition (August 31, 2018). Any questions can be addressed to Saxton Rose, Competition Chair, at

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Preliminary Stage:
All entrants must submit an online application and application fee of $80US payable by credit card. All entrants must upload video recordings of the preliminary round repertoire list below performed with accompaniment (Bach, O’Riordan, Saint-Saens).

To be considered, all application materials must be submitted online on or before April 15, 2018.

Competition Repertoire:

  1. Bach Sonata no. 2 in D major for Violoncello and Harpsichord BWV 1028. Movements III. Andante and IV. Allegro (Barenreiter edition)
  2. Kirk O’Riordan, Temptation for solo bassoon
  3. Scores are available in the US at all retailers or by contacting the composer at
  4. Saint-Saens Sonata for Bassoon and Piano (Any edition) Movements I. Allegro Moderato and II. Allegro scherzando
  5. For Final Round Only: Mozart Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra (Any edition)

The first round will consist video recordings of the Bach, O’Riordan, and Saint-Saens as listed above​. The final live round will consist of selections from the above works​ plus the Mozart Concerto.​

In addition to cash prizes of 1st place $12000 US, 2nd place $8000 US, and three Honorable Mention awards of $3000 US, the 1st place winner will perform the Mozart Concerto with orchestra on the final evening of the 2018 conference.

Preliminary Round Judges:

  1. Ole Kristian Dahl, Professor at Staatliche Hochschule für Musik – Mannheim
  2. Daniel Matsukawa, Principal Bassoonist of Philadelphia Orchestra
  3. Gustavo Nuñez, Principal Bassoonist of Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
  4. Julie Price, Principal Bassoonist of BBC Symphony Orchestra and English Chamber Orchestra
  5. Chiara Santi, Principal Bassoonist of Mahler Chamber Orchestra

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