Lorelei Dowling, bassoon

Lorelei Dowling studied with John Cran and Gordon Skinner and was awarded her diploma by the State Conservatory of Music in Sydney. Subsequently she studied with Roger Birnsting and Kim Walker at the Conservatoire de Musique de Genève as well as at the Centre de Musique Ancienne du Genève (baroque bassoon and cembalo).

In 1989 she was awarded the “Premier Prix de Virtuosité” and was finalist at the “Australian Young Performer of the Year 1992” competition. She played as solo-bassoonist with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and with the women’s bassoon quartet “Queens of Night”. Lorelei performed with a number of orchestras such as the Australian Opera & Ballet Orchestra, the Gulbenkian Orchestra Lisbon, the Orchestre de Lausanne, L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, the Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, the Ensemble Wiener Collage, the Esbjerg Ensemble, the Ensemble Modern, the ensemble musikFabrik as well as the Bilkent University Orchestra Ankara.

Pierluigi Billone, Elena Kats-Chernin and Mark Andre dedicated works to her. Her interpretation of Berio’s Sequenza XII in January 2007 at the Wiener Konzerthaus was hailed by the Wiener Zeitung with the words: “Musically, the strongest performance was by bassoonist Lorelei Dowling. She demonstrated what is possible with perfect circular breathing: a never ending bassoon note. A most powerful performance.”

Lorelei lectured on the role of the bassoon in Contemporary Music at the Manhattan School of Music, at the Oporto School of Music in Portugal, at the Venice Biennale, the Moscow Conservatory, at the IDRS Ithaca (USA), at the Birmingham Conservatoire and at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester. In 2010 she was international guest-bassoonist at the British Double Reed Society. In the same year she founded the duo HONK for bassoon/contraforte and DJ.

Lorelei Dowling joined Klangforum Wien as permanent bassoonist in 1995.