Schola Cantorum Basiliensis

Prof. Dr. Donna Agrell

Barockfagott, klassisches Fagott, Dulzian (Hochschule SCB)

Barockfagott, Dulzian (Musikschule der SCB)

Donna Agrell began her musical studies at the Universitiy of Alaska and later, the University of Wisconsin, in Madison. Continuing in Europe, she had master classes with the Danzi Quintet and Brian Pollard, and after attending the Royal Conservatory in the Hague, completed her bassoon studies at the Musik-Akademie der Basel-Stadt. 

In 1980, she became a member of Sigiswald Kuijken’s orchestra, La Petite Bande, where she performed and recorded extensively during the ten years she spent in that ensemble. Donna Agrell has been a member of the Orchestra of the 18th Century since it was founded in 1981 by Frans Brüggen. She was principal bassoonist in Freiburg Baroque Orchestra from 1990 to 2009, with whom she recorded the Mozart Bassoon Concerto in 2006 for Harmonia Mundi France. 

She has appeared in concerts and recordings with many other period instrument orchestras and ensembles, such as Bach Collegium Japan, Orchestra Classica Libera, Mozart Academy Amsterdam and Anima Eterna, working with Gustav Leonhardt, Roger Norrington, Philippe Herreweghe, Trevor Pinnock, Simon Rattle, Masaaki Suzuki, Nick McGegan, Rene Jacobs, Jos van Immerseel, Thomas Hengelbrock, Kent Nagano, and others.

In addition to her present positions at the Royal Conservatory in the Hague, and the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, she has also taught at the Amsterdam Conservatory, Freiburg Hochschule, and international mastercourses and workshops in the USA, Europe, Asia, South America and Australia.

In 2015 she completed her PhD at Leiden University about the topic "Repertoire for a Swedish Bassoon Virtuoso.  Approaching early nineteenth-century works composed for Frans Preumayr with an original Grenser & Wiesner bassoon".

Prof. Dr. Donna Agrell

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