Martin Kuuskmann

Estonian born bassoon virtuoso, Martin Kuuskmann is a commanding force bent on redefining the bassoon as a top caliber solo instrument. The New York Times praised Kuuskmann’s playing as "dynamic...amazing...gripping..." and in 2007 he received a Grammy Nomination for his recording of Chesky’s bassoon concerto. His has appeared as soloist at the New York Philharmonic series, the Macao Orchestra, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Riga Chamber Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of the Norrlandsoperan in Sweden, among many others, and has recorded and toured worldwide as a member and solo bassoonist with the renowned cross-over chamber orchestra Absolute Ensemble. Mr. Kuuskmann completed the recording of his first solo album “Non-Stop”, containing works by J.S. Bach, Berio, Schnyder, Jobim, Pärt, Kertsman and others, which will be released in early 2009. His ambitions to explore contemporary music have led to the premieres of seven new bassoon concerti to date written exclusively for him by leading composers of our time such as Estonians Erkki-Sven Tüür, Eino Tamberg, Tõnu Kõrvits and Americans Christopher Theofanidis, Charles Coleman, Gene Pritsker and most recently David Chesky. His collaboration with the jazz legend John Patitucci led to the creation of Caprice No. 1 for bassoon and strings by Patitucci, which he has performed in several venues across the world. His work with composers Daniel Schnyder, Randall Woolf, Gene Pritsker, Gregor Huebner, Robert Martin has produced an array of works from acoustic to amplified and electronically enhanced compositions.