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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44 21
Milan Turković is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Milan Turković Classical

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

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

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

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

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

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Frank Tiberi is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Frank Tiberi Classical; jazz; modern; contemporary

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Stefan Schweigert is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
AbrahamAbutineh added Stefan Schweigert

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Judith LeClair is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Judith LeClair Classical; new world

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

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Archie Camden is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Archie Camden Opera; classical

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12 9
Martin Gatt is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Martin Gatt Classical; modern; contemporary

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

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

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

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

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

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Marc Engelhardt is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Marc Engelhardt Classical; modern; contemporary

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Antoine Bullant is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Antoine Bullant Opera

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

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Jacques-Martin Hotteterre is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Mordechai Rechtman is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Mordechai Rechtman

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7 7
Bill Douglas is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Bill Douglas New Age music, Jazz

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7 7
Enzo Muccetti is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Enzo Muccetti Classical; chamber; ballet

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

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

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5 6
Dan Welcher is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Dan Welcher Classical; smooth jazz

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5 6
Steve Marsden is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Steve Marsden Classical; ballet; modern

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5 6
Christopher Millard is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
gnicholls added Christopher Millard

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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3 6
John Hebden is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
John Hebden Classical

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4 8
Karen Geoghegan is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Bassoonists of All Time
Karen Geoghegan Classical

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