bands/musicians The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time  

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The bassoon is a mysterious instrument. Though not the most recognizable instrument in an orchestra, it does have a distinct look and is vitally important in many pieces. A member of the woodwind family, the bassoon has an incredibly rich and unique sound. Remember the story “Peter and the Wolf?” The bassoon played a large role in the piece "Peter and the Wolf," providing a somewhat subtle, mysterious sound. Who are the greatest bassoonists of all time?
 
This list features the greatest bassoonists in history. These musicians were truly masters of their craft and had an extreme influence on the art of playing the bassoon. The bassoonists on this list have been ranked by the community's votes, and represent the most talented musicians to have ever picked up the bassoon.
 
Vote up the best bassoonists of all time on the list below, or add the bassoonists you think are truly the greatest if they aren't already listed.

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Klaus Thunemann is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Klaus Thunemann Classical

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Milan Turković is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Milan Turković Classical

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Maurice Allard is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Maurice Allard Classical

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Jacques-Martin Hotteterre is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time

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William Waterhouse is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
William Waterhouse Classical

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Judith LeClair is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Judith LeClair Classical; new world

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Edward Elgar is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Edward Elgar Ballet, Ballet, Incidental music

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Archie Camden is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Archie Camden Opera; classical

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Arthur Weisberg is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Arthur Weisberg Classical

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Martin Gatt is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Martin Gatt Classical; modern; contemporary

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Bernard Garfield is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Bernard Garfield Classical

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Roger Birnstingl is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Roger Birnstingl Classical

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Sherman Walt is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Sherman Walt Classical

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Sol Schoenbach is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time

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Lennie Niehaus is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time

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Carl Almenräder is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Carl Almenräder Classical; jazz; modern

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Per Hannevold is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Per Hannevold Classical

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Julie Price is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Julie Price Classical

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Mordechai Rechtman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Mordechai Rechtman

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Stefan Schweigert is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time

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Simon Kovar is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Simon Kovar Classical; new world; jazz

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Christopher Millard is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time

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Albrecht Holder is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Albrecht Holder Classical

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Peter Schickele is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Peter Schickele Classical

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Hugo Fox is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Hugo Fox Classical; modern; jazz

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Charles Cracknell is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Charles Cracknell Classical

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Frank Tiberi is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Frank Tiberi Classical; jazz; modern; contemporary

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Enzo Muccetti is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Enzo Muccetti Classical; chamber; ballet

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Garvin Bushell is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Garvin Bushell Classical music, Jazz

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Karen Borca is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Karen Borca Classical; new world; jazz

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Willy Hess is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Willy Hess Classical

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Laurence Perkins is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Laurence Perkins Classical

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George Zukerman is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
George Zukerman Classical; jazz

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Vasily Kalinnikov is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Vasily Kalinnikov Classical

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Jeremy Ward is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Jeremy Ward New world; jazz

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Marc Engelhardt is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Marc Engelhardt Classical; modern; contemporary

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Sidney Rosenburg is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Sidney Rosenburg

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Steve Marsden is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Steve Marsden Classical; ballet; modern

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Antoine Bullant is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time

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Johnny Reinhard is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Johnny Reinhard Classical

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Douglas Ewart is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Douglas Ewart Classical

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John Jorgenson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
John Jorgenson Rock music, Gypsy jazz, Country

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Michael Chapman is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Michael Chapman Folk music, Jazz

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Vinny Golia is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Vinny Golia Classical

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Dan Welcher is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Dan Welcher Classical; smooth jazz

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Bill Douglas is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Bill Douglas New Age music, Jazz

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Tariq Masri is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Tariq Masri Classical

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John Hebden is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
John Hebden Classical

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Pierre Mercure is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Pierre Mercure Classical

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Karen Geoghegan is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Karen Geoghegan Classical