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.
list ordered by

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83 22
Klaus Thunemann is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Klaus Thunemann Classical

2
45 21
Milan Turković is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Milan Turković Classical

3
21 10
Sol Schoenbach is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
gnicholls added

4
15 5
Simon Kovar is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Classical; new world; jazz

5
16 7
Carl Almenräder is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Classical; jazz; modern

6
24 16
William Waterhouse is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Classical

7
24 17
Maurice Allard is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Classical

8
16 10
Stefan Schweigert is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
AbrahamAbutineh added Stefan Schweigert

9
12 7
Frank Tiberi is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Classical; jazz; modern; contemporary

10
12 8
Bernard Garfield is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Classical

11
27 24
Judith LeClair is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Classical; new world

12
16 13
Arthur Weisberg is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Classical

13
14 11
Archie Camden is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Opera; classical

14
12 9
Martin Gatt is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Classical; modern; contemporary

15
8 6
Sherman Walt is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Classical

16
7 5
Charles Cracknell is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Classical

17
6 4
Albrecht Holder is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Classical

18
11 10
Lennie Niehaus is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time

19
22 22
Edward Elgar is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Ballet, Ballet, Incidental music

20
5 4
Marc Engelhardt is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Classical; modern; contemporary

21
4 3
Jeff La Marca is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
bassoonman added Jeff La Marca

22
4 3
Antoine Bullant is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Antoine Bullant Opera

23
14 14
Jacques-Martin Hotteterre is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time

24
9 9
Roger Birnstingl is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Classical

25
8 8
Hugo Fox is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Classical; modern; jazz

26
8 8
Karen Borca is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Classical; new world; jazz

27
8 8
Peter Schickele is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Classical

28
8 8
Per Hannevold is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Classical

29
8 8
Julie Price is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
jules_ali added Julie Price Classical

30
7 7
Bill Douglas is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
New Age music, Jazz

31
7 7
Enzo Muccetti is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Classical; chamber; ballet

32
7 7
Mordechai Rechtman is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Mordechai Rechtman

33
6 6
George Zukerman is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Classical; jazz

34
9 10
Garvin Bushell is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Classical music, Jazz

35
8 9
John Jorgenson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Rock music, Gypsy jazz, Country

36
5 6
Steve Marsden is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Classical; ballet; modern

37
5 6
Christopher Millard is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
gnicholls added Christopher Millard

38
5 6
Dan Welcher is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Classical; smooth jazz

39
4 5
Jeremy Ward is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
New world; jazz

40
4 5
Johnny Reinhard is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Classical

41
2 3
Jeff La Marca is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
bassoonman added Jeff La Marca

42
7 9
Willy Hess is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Classical

43
6 8
Laurence Perkins is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Classical

44
5 7
Sidney Rosenburg is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
gnicholls added Sidney Rosenburg

45
5 7
Vasily Kalinnikov is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Classical

46
6 9
Michael Chapman is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Folk music, Jazz

47
6 9
Douglas Ewart is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Classical

48
5 8
Karen Geoghegan is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Classical

49
3 6
John Hebden is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Classical

50
3 7
Pierre Mercure is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Classical