Roger Birnstingl (bassoon)
Roger first took up the bassoon at the age of fourteen in order to form a family trio, later studying with Archie Camden at the Royal College of Music in London. In 1955 he was with the Philharmonia and Herbert von Karajan touring the United States, (the first of over 20 orchestral tours in the US) and since then has been principal bassoonist of the London Philharmonic, the Royal Philharmonic and for fourteen years with the London Symphony Orchestra. In 1977 he joined the Suisse Romande Orchestre. Why go to Switzerland from the LSO? you may ask. Well, the mountains may have something to do with this, and indeed Roger has climbed some forty 4000 metre peaks and has skied almost the entire length of the Alps. He is professor of bassoon at the Geneva Conservatoire where over fifty players have passed through his hands, many of whom are dispersed among world orchestras. He is now retired from the Suisse Romande, but continues to play and teach.