Julie Price (bassoonist)

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Julie Price
Born (1963-12-04) 4 December 1963 (age 53)
Awards BBC Young Musician of the Year

Julie Price is an English bassoonist. She is bassoonist of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra, a chamber music recitalist and an academic teacher.


Price studied the bassoon at the Royal Northern College of Music and Manchester University with Edward Warren and William Waterhouse. She continued her studies with Roger Birnstingl in Geneva.[1]

In 1980 she was a winner of the competition BBC Young Musician of the Year.

Price was principal bassoonist with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, then first bassoonist at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. She has been principal bassoonist of the English Chamber Orchestra (ECO) and co-principal bassoonist with the BBC Symphony Orchestra.[1][2]

As a chamber musician, Price is a member of the Razumovsky Ensemble and has played with the Lindsay String Quartet, the Nash Ensemble, the Haffner Wind Ensemble, and Endymion.[3] She played William Yeates Hurlstone's Trio in G Minor for Clarinet, Bassoon and Piano on 22 November 2006 for the composer's centenary celebration concert and exhibition at the Royal College of Music.[4] She performed at the 2009 conference of the International Double Reed Society in Birmingham, in the opening recital of the British Double Reed Society among others Gestural Variations of Graham Waterhouse. She was one of 16 bassoonists in the concert The Proud Bassoon, celebrating William Waterhouse on 16 April 2011 in Wigmore Hall. She played in Waterhouse’s arrangement for two bassoon choirs of Giovanni Gabrieli's Sonata Pian' e Forte and movements from Gordon Jacob’s Suite, dedicated to Waterhouse.[5][6]

Price recorded with the ECO, conducted by Ralf Gothóni, Mozart's bassoon concerto and his Sinfonia concertante for flute, oboe, horn, and bassoon, K. 297b, and Edward Elgar's Romance for bassoon and orchestra, Op. 62.[1]

Price is a Visiting Professor of Bassoon at the Royal College of Music.[1]

She is married to Alan Garner, oboist of the Royal Opera House.


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