Stefan Schweigert, Principal Bassoon

When Stefan Schweigert began learning the bassoon at the age of ten, he was initially a student of Alfred Rinderspacher (1972 to 1981). From 1981 to 1985 he studied with Klaus Thunemann at the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media. He gained his first orchestral experience as a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Germany and as an extra with the Bamberg Symphony and the Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn. He has performed as a soloist with the Berliner Philharmoniker as well as with other ensembles such as the Camerata Bern.

He was a member of the Scharoun Ensemble Berlin for twelve years and performed several times with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, at Gidon Kremer’s chamber music festival in Lockenhaus and at Lars Vogt’s chamber music festival in the Kraftwerk Heimbach; he also plays in the Capella Andrea Barca and since 2001 in Sabine Meyer’s wind ensemble.

Stefan Schweigert has been teaching at the Karajan Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker since 1987. He also teaches master classes at various German universities, as well as in Japan (e.g. Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo), the USA (e.g. at the Curtis Institute of Music) and Spain (Escuela de Música Reina Sofía). From 2004 to 2006 Stefan Schweigert taught as professor at Freiburg University of Music.