The French bassoonist Sophie Dartigalongue , has won the bassoon audition on 20 May 2015 and will enter as principal bassoon as successor to Prof. Michael Werba in the orchestra of the Vienna State Opera on September 1, 2015.


Born in 1991, Sophie Dartigalongue starts her musical education with guitar and clarinet. She came to the bassoon in 2003. She studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Lyon, in the bassoon class of C. Colombo and J. Pignoly. In 2011 she came to the Karajan Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic, where she had as teacher Daniele Damiano. In 2012, she won the audition for solo-contrebassoon and became a member of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2015 she is appointed as principal bassoon of the Vienna states Opera and will succeed Michael Werba.

During her studies, Sophie takes part in many competitions where she won more than a dozen international awards including the second prize and audience prize (1st not awarded) at the international competition of the ARD in Munich in September 2013. In 2015 she won the prestigious Beethoven Ring in Bonn.

As a soloist, she plays with the Symphony Orchestra of the Bavarian Radio (Jolivet concerto), the Munich Chamber Orchestra (Vivaldi concerto), the South West German…

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