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Henrik Rabien (Bassoon) Germany


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Henrik Rabien

  • 1971 born in Berlin
  • studies with Prof. Eberhard Marschall (München)
  • member of Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester (1994) + of European Union Youth Orchestra (1995)
  • scholarship of the Münchner Orchesterakademie (1994/95)
  • scholarship of the Deutscher Musikwettbewerb (1995)
  • participant of the „40. Bundesauswahl Konzerte Junger Künstler" (1996/97)
  • 1996 - 1998 principal bassoon of the Gürzenich-Orchester (Köln)
  • since 1998 principal bassoon of the WDR-Sinfonieorchester (Köln)
  • concert tours throughout Europe, Japan, China, Korea, South-America and the USA
  • guest player (among others) with Bamberger Symphoniker, Bayerisches Staatsorchester München, NDR-Elbphilharmonie Orchester Hamburg and DSO Berlin, Tonhalleorchester Zürich, Münchner Philharmoniker and Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
  • solistical appearances with WDR-Sinfonieorchester Köln, Skyline Symphony Orchestra Frankfurt and Sinfonietta Frankfurt, with Gürzenich-Orchester Köln, Philharmonisches Orchester Hagen and Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie Herford as well as several chamber orchestras
  • 1996 – 2008 member of the Gürzenich-Fagottquintett CD-recordings „Fagottissima terzia“ (1999, MDG) + „Fagottissima quarta“ (2009, MDG)
  • with ensemble‚ opera senza’ (1998 – 2013) invitations to the Schleswig-Holstein-Musikfestival (2004), to the Lucerne-Festival (2002), to the Brandenburger Musiksommer (2001) etc.
  • 2008 ECHO-Klassik-award with ensemble ‚opera senza’ for the SACD-recording of “Harmoniemusik” of Mozarts „Don Giovanni“ (2007, MDG)
  •  guest musician Affinis-Musikfestival in Japan (Hiroshima/Yamagata/Iida), Osnabrücker Kammermusiktage, Kammermusik Festival Schloß Moritzburg etc.
  • jury member at the ARD-Musikwettbewerb München (2013) + Deutscher Musikwettbewerb Bonn (2004) 
  • professor at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt am Main (since 2003)
  • masterclasses at the HfMDK Frankfurt, with Deutscher Musikrat (Deutscher Kammermusikkurs), at the Affinis-Musikfestival (Japan), in Luxembourg, Neuss etc. 
  • students and guest-students of his bassoon-class are holding positions in orchestras in Köln, Essen, Berlin, Brüssel, Tokyo, Beijing etc.
  • 2016 ECHO-Klassik-award with “Bassoon Consort Frankfurt” for SACD-recording of the Goldberg-Variations of J. S. Bach (version for bassoon-ensemble, 2015, MDG)