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First Name: Roger
Last Name: Birnstingl
Bio: Roger Birnstingl was born in 1932 and at the age of 14 took up the bassoon in order to form a family wind trio. He studied at the Royal College of Music with Archie Camden and received the Tagore Gold Medal for the best all-round student of his year. In 1955 he was with the Philharmonia and Herbert von Karajan touring the United States, and since then has been principal bassoonist of the London Philharmonic, the Royal Philharmonic and was thirteen years with the London Symphony Orchestra before joining the Suisse Romande in 1977. He has been a member of numerous chamber groups including the London Sinfonietta, the London Wind Soloists and the London Wind Trio. He has made many recordings with these groups including the complete wind works of Mozart and Beethoven and all of Schoenberg's chamber music (London Sinfonietta). He has performed throughout his career with great distinction, and is known and revered among wind players as an outstanding teacher. He is a professor at the Geneva Conservatoire where over fifty players have passed through his hands, many of whom are dispersed amongst the world's orchestras.
Source: Double Reed 21/1 (1998)