• Joe Qiu - Bassoonist

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    Bassoonist Joe Qiu divides his time between modern and historical instruments. His musical interests are diverse and wide-ranging – from Bach cantatas to improvising with the Resonance FM Radio Orchestra and creating 'living programme notes' before performances of Beethoven in Peckham's multi story carpark. Recently he has appeared as guest principal with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Dunedin Consort, Irish Baroque Orchestra and Ensemble Marsyas, and he has also worked with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra (Orkest van het Oosten.)


    This season includes engagements as soloist with the Leids Barok Ensemble in works by Vivaldi and Fasch, a solo recital in the Nieuwe Kerk, Den Haag, to be broadcast on Radio West, and a European tour as guest principal with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Masaaki Suzuki.


    Joe has been selected for a number of academies and courses, including the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment Experience Scheme, Aldeburgh Young Artists, the Residentie Orkest Master Programme, and the London Sinfonietta Academy. He is a member of Pumbaa Winds, a wind ensemble based in Amsterdam, and Scherzini, a wind quintet performing on period instruments. Joe was a member of the London Schools Symphony Orchestra under Peter Ash whilst at school.


    Always looking to take music to new places, Joe has enjoyed appearing at the contemporary classical clubnight Filthy Lucre in London and in the band of jazz pianist Julian Schneeman. So far music has taken Joe into places as far from traditional venues as car parks, prisons, nightclubs and schools, as well as many of Europe’s top concert halls.


    Joe has had a number of teachers during his studies, including Bram van Sambeek, Jos de Lange, Daniel Jemison, Graham Sheen and Lizbeth Elliott for modern bassoon, and Donna Agrell, Benny Aghassi and Peter Whelan for historical instruments. He holds a first class bachelor’s degree from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and is completing his master's degree at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. As an educator himself he has worked as bassoon coach for the London Schools Symphony Orchestra, initiated and organised school workshops and an orchestral side by side session with young musicians, as well running a private teaching studio.


    Outside of music Joe is fanatic about Crystal Palace football club and Chinese food.


    Joe is grateful to have received financial support from the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, the City of London Corporation and the Loan Fund for Musical Instruments during the course of his studies.



  • Fagottist Joe Qiu (1992) was geboren en getogen in Camberwell, zuid Londen. Hij speelt moderne en historische instrumenten en heeft hele brede muzikale interesses, van Bach cantates en Mozart opera's tot aan hedendaagse solo repertoire. Joe heeft recent gespeeld met o.a The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra en The Dunedin Consort (op barok fagot). Hij heeft ook samen gewerkt met het Scottish Chamber Orchestra, het Rotterdams Philharmonisch Orkest, het Nederlands Symfonie Orkest/HET Symfonieorkest en het Irish Baroque Orchestra.


    Joe werd gekozen voor een aantal academies en zomercursussen, waaronder het Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment Experience Scheme, het Residentie Orkest master programma, en The London Sinfonietta Academy. Hij is lid van het blazers trio Pumbaa Winds, gebaseerd in Amsterdam.


    Joe wilt altijd muziek naar nieuwe plekken brengen, en heeft genoten van optredens bij contemporary classical club night Filthy Lucre in Londen, en samen met Julian Schneemann en zijn jazz band. Tot nu toe heeft muziek Joe gebracht naar veel bekende concertzalen, maar ook opmerkelijke concert locaties zoals grote parkeergarages, gevangenissen, clubs, en scholen.


    Joe heeft veel leraren gehad tijdens zijn studie jaren, o.a Bram van Sambeek, Jos de Lange, Daniel Jemison, Graham Sheen, en Lizbeth Elliott voor moderne fagot, en Donna Agrell, Benny Aghassi en Peter Whelan voor historische fagotten. Joe heeft een bachelor cum laude van Guildhall School of Music and Drama in Londen en studeert op dit moment op het Koninklijke Conservatorium Den Haag. Als leraar heeft Joe gewerkt bij London Schools Symphony Orchestra en heeft meerdermaals school workshops en orkest lessen georganiseerd voor jonge musici.


    Buiten zijn muziek leven is Joe fanatieke supporter van voetbal club Crystal Palace en de Chinese keuken.


    Joe is zeer dankbaar voor finiciele steun door Countess of Munster Musical Trust, The City of London Corporation, en The Loan Fund for Musical Instruments.

  • Teaching

    As of Summer 2017 I will be taking new bassoon students in London. I put an emphasis on creativity in my teaching and often combine elements of composition, improvisation and singing with the more technical aspects of bassoon playing. I am always happy to offer a free trial lesson to see if we are a good match. Please use the contact form below for further information!

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