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

1
86 26
Klaus Thunemann is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Klaus Thunemann Classical

2
47 25
Milan Turković is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Milan Turković Classical

3
19 9
Per Hannevold is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Classical

4
22 16
Sol Schoenbach is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
gnicholls added

5
19 14
Stefan Schweigert is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
AbrahamAbutineh added Stefan Schweigert

6
16 11
Simon Kovar is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Classical; new world; jazz

7
25 21
William Waterhouse is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Classical

8
17 13
Carl Almenräder is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Classical; jazz; modern

9
25 22
Maurice Allard is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Classical

10
14 12
Bernard Garfield is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Classical

11
28 30
Judith LeClair is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Classical; new world

12
4 3
Jeff La Marca is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
bassoonman added Jeff La Marca

13
17 18
Arthur Weisberg is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Classical

14
9 9
Peter Schickele is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Classical

15
15 16
Archie Camden is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Opera; classical

16
13 14
Martin Gatt is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Classical; modern; contemporary

17
12 13
Frank Tiberi is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Classical; jazz; modern; contemporary

18
10 11
Garvin Bushell is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Classical music, Jazz

19
9 10
John Jorgenson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Rock music, Gypsy jazz, Country

20
9 10
Sherman Walt is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Classical

21
5 6
Jeff La Marca is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
bassoonman added Jeff La Marca

22
8 10
Julie Price is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
jules_ali added Julie Price Classical

23
22 27
Edward Elgar is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Ballet, Ballet, Incidental music

24
11 14
Lennie Niehaus is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time

25
14 18
Jacques-Martin Hotteterre is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time

26
9 12
Roger Birnstingl is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Classical

27
8 11
Hugo Fox is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Classical; modern; jazz

28
8 11
Karen Borca is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Classical; new world; jazz

29
7 10
Bill Douglas is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
New Age music, Jazz

30
7 10
Charles Cracknell is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Classical

31
7 10
Enzo Muccetti is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Classical; chamber; ballet

32
7 10
Mordechai Rechtman is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Mordechai Rechtman

33
6 9
Albrecht Holder is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Classical

34
6 9
George Zukerman is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Classical; jazz

35
5 8
Christopher Millard is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
gnicholls added Christopher Millard

36
5 8
Dan Welcher is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Classical; smooth jazz

37
5 8
Steve Marsden is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Classical; ballet; modern

38
5 8
Marc Engelhardt is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Classical; modern; contemporary

39
4 7
Jeremy Ward is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
New world; jazz

40
4 7
Antoine Bullant is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Antoine Bullant Opera

41
4 7
Johnny Reinhard is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Classical

42
7 11
Willy Hess is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Classical

43
6 10
Laurence Perkins is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Classical

44
5 9
Sidney Rosenburg is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
gnicholls added Sidney Rosenburg

45
5 9
Vasily Kalinnikov is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Classical

46
6 11
Michael Chapman is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Folk music, Jazz

47
6 11
Douglas Ewart is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Classical

48
5 10
Karen Geoghegan is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Classical

49
3 8
John Hebden is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Classical

50
3 9
Pierre Mercure is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Classical