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Matthias Racz

Matthias Racz

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Current position(s): Principal Bassoon for Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra since 2003, Principal Bassoon for Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Professor at Hochschule for Music and Theatre in Zurich, & artistic director for bassoon for The Muri Competition in Muri, Switzerland.

Previous position(s): Principal Bassoon for Gürzenich orchestra Cologne Philharmonic Orchestra at age 21

Education: Rácz studied under Prof. Dag Jensen at the Hochschule for Music and Theatre in Hanover.

Recordings: CD productions and live concert recordings with various radio companies, as well as in television and radio programs

Notable performances/accomplishments: At age fifteen, Rácz made his debut as a soloist with the Cologne Chamber Orchestra in the television production “Junge Künstler auf dem Podium” (Young Artists on Stage). He has been a guest soloist at Mozart Festival Schwetzingen, Rheingau Music Festival, Schleswig Holstein Music Festival, and Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. In 2002, he won the International ARD Music Competition in Munich and the Prague Spring International Music Competition.

Teaching Opportunities: In 2003, Rácz was a lecturer for the Ongaku-juku Opera Project in Japan. He gave his first international masterclass for bassoon at age 24 and has since led many masterclasses around the world.

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  Check out one of Matthias's performances during his tour in Asia!