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Martin Kuuskmann

Instrument: Bassoon AMT Products Used: WS

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Regarded as one of the most versatile bassoon soloists, Martin Kuuskmann’s repertoire spans the early Baroque era to jazz and contemporary music. His solo appearances have taken him to Europe, Canada, Japan, Australia and the United States, and to music festivals in Hamburg, Bremen, Cologne, Stans, Pärnu, Umeå, Kuhmo, to name a few. Martin Kuuskmann is active in working closely with composers to expand the bassoons literature and, especially, to push the instrument’s range and technique. The New York Times has recently praised Martin Kuuskmann’s playing as “dynamic…amazing…gripping…”, adding, “Kuuskmann played stunningly…”

Martin Kuuskmann’s previous seasons’ included four world premiere performances of concertos written especially for him by Erkki-Sven Tüür (for amplified bassoon), Eino Tamberg, Christopher Theofanidis and Tõnu Kõrvits. His collaboration with composers Randall Woolf, Robert Martin, Gene Pritsker, to name a few, have produced an array of works from classical genre to amplified and electronically enhanced compositions. He has premiered several works of of Daniel Schnyder, including “Zoom In” for bassoon and string quartet. Martin Kuuskmann’s rendition of Schnyder’s Sonata for bassoon and piano, originally written for soprano saxophone will be published by Edition Kunzelmann. In 2003 Martin Kuuskmann premiered Caprice No 1 for bassoon and string quintet, written for him by the legendary jazz bassist/composer John Patitucci. He is currently working on new bassoon concertos with H K Gruber, Daniel Schnyder and Charles Coleman, the latter of which will receive its world premiere in the 2004/05 season. In the summer of 2004 Martin Kuuskmann appeared with Luciano Berio’s “Sequenza” in several European music festivals.

As a member of the Grammy nominated Absolute Ensemble, led by Kristjan Järvi, Martin Kuuskmann has been a featured soloist on several recordings including “Fix” (Enja) and “Absolute Mix” (CCn’C), winner of the German Record Critics Award, performing Michael Daugherty’s virtuosic and madcap concerto, “Dead Elvis”. Thus far he has given nearly 40 “Dead Elvis” performances across the world. Martin’s solo performances have been broadcast worldwide on the BBC, the CBC, German and Swedish national radios, the National Public Radio in the United States, to name a few.

Martin Kuuskmann is a member of the New York Lyric Chamber Music Society and Ensemble Sospeso. He is a co-founder of Duo Martinika, with flutist Maarika Järvi; and of the Taylor Kuuskmann Project with renown bass trombonist David Taylor. His trio, Archipelago, blending music from the medieval era to rock and jazz also featuring Bill Schimmel on accordion and David Rozenblatt on percussion released its album, “Archipelago” (CCn’C Records, 2001) to high critical acclaim. Martin Kuuskmann’s world-music album, “The Path Of Mantra” (Erdenklang Records, 2002), blends bassoon with music and chanting by Tibetan monks. In 2005/06 he will be releasing an album of Vivaldi bassoon concertos and an album of bassoon concertos by Estonian composers (Tüür, Tamberg, Kõrvits), with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra.
Martin Kuuskmann plays on Leitzinger bocals and on Gumin bassoon reeds.