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First Name: Victor
Last Name: Bruns
Bio: Victor Bruns (1903-1996) was born the son of German parents on 15th August 1904 in Ollila, a small town in southeast Finland. A pianist who switched late to bassoon, he trained from 1924 to 1927 at the Petrograd (later Leningrad) State Conservatory under A. Vasiliev for bassoon and V. Shcherbachov for composition. He then joined the orchestra there of the State Theatre for Opera and Ballet, keeping up his composition studies until 1931. A German citizen, he left Leningrad for Berlin in 1938, where he has since made his home. After playing in the orchestra of the Volksoper from 1940 to 1944, he joined the Staatskapelle in 1946, becoming Kammervirtuos in 1959. After 23 years service there as bassoonist and contrabassoonist, he retired in 1969, being made Ehrenmitglied of the orchestra in the following year. Meanwhile as composer he had finally completed his studies in 1949 after three years with Boris Blacher; his three ballet scores, which have been the most widely performed of his works, date from 1953, 1955 and 1957; in 1960 he was awarded the Kunstpreis der DDR. Since his retirement he has been able to devote himself entirely to composition. His large output includes the opera Minna von Barnhelm, 4 ballets, 4 symphonies, a total of 20 concertos for various instruments (including violin, cello, flute, clarinet and trumpet), as well as a quantity of chamber music, which of it with wind instruments. On the occasion of his recent eightieth birthday, he was the guest of honour at a banquet organized for him by his colleagues.
Source: The Double Reed 9/2 (1986)