Evan Kuhlmann, Assistant Principal Bassoon and Contrabassoon
Evan Kuhlmann was born in Seattle, WA, where he began his musical study at age 4 as a piano student in the Suzuki Institute. At 13, Evan began studying bassoon and composition. He graduated from the Interlochen Arts Academy with Honors in Music and English, and was admitted to The Juilliard School as a student of Frank Morelli. Evan’s studies at Juilliard were supported in full by scholarships from the Noble Foundation and SYLFF. In 2006, he was awarded a Bachelor’s Degree with Scholastic Distinction as well as the Peter Mennin Prize for Outstanding Achievement and Leadership in Music. Evan is currently pursuing a Graduate Diploma in composition (expected 2008) as a student of Robert Beaser. His previous teachers include Francine Peterson, Seth Krimsky, Barrick Stees, and Eric Stomberg on bassoon; as well as Samuel Jones, Stanley Wolfe, Phillip Lasser and Christopher Theofanidis for composition.
Evan made his solo debut with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra at Benaroya Hall in 2000, and has also appeared as a soloist with the Marrowstone Festival Orchestra. In addition to the Oregon Symphony, he has performed with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, New World Symphony, National Repertory Orchestra, AXIOM, New York Woodwind Quintet, Sarasota Music Festival, and was solo alto saxophonist and bassoonist with the Orchestra of the Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, Italy. He teaches privately and participates in educational programs frequently, including the Marrowstone Music Festival, Porter Music Camp, and Woodwinds at Wallowa Lake.
An avid composer and arranger, Evan’s music has been performed by the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Juilliard Orchestra, AXIOM, and chamber ensembles of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Juilliard School, and Interlochen Arts Academy. He currently has a large catalog of works awaiting premiere, and is working on several commissions. In 2006, he made his conducting debut at Central Synagogue in NYC with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, having conducted a variety of small ensembles since high school. Also a dedicated music analyst and critic, Evan published the first exhaustive research document on the history and influences of the Icelandic singer Bjork, a study of American composer John Adams’ orchestral masterpiece Harmonielehre, and a study of FCC Media Deregulation.
One of his lifelong goals has been integrating classical music and his classical background into other musical genres. Evan has collaborated with such diverse musical acts as jazz vocalist Ernestine Anderson, progressive rock group Ron and the Juggernauts, world vocal ensemble Abrace, his own electronic project ‘it puts it in the crisper, ’ and was a founding member of the contemporary group AXIOM. He hopes to continue this work in Portland, a city that he feels very fortunate to relocate to as a native Northwesterner! In his spare time he enjoys visual art, travel, and exploring new restaurants. Evan has been a member of the Oregon Symphony since January 2007.