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Legends of Reed

Season 3 Episode 3: Judith Farmer


On this episode, I am pleased to have bassoonist, Judith Farmer on the show. We had an interesting chat about interesting topics such as her teaching philosophy, how she stayed productive during the pandemic, what working in film recording and session work is like, what are the differences between American and European bassoon playing styles and more.

2016 GRAMMY® Award nominee Judith Farmer’s playing has been described by critics as “impeccable” (American Record Guide), "masterly" (Fanfare Magazine), “absolutely superb”(Classical CD Reviews) and "brilliant" (Kronenzeitung, Austria).

Judith is currently a member of the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra, the Pasadena Symphony and the Long Beach Symphony. She has played on the scores of over 200 major motion pictures, such as Frozen, The Pirates of the Caribbean,  Toy Story 2, Spiderman 3, Indiana Jones IV, Star Wars VII and A. I., Men in Black III and many more.

She teaches  bassoon at the University of Southern California and held guest master classes at numerous American universities. She received her education at Indiana University and at the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna.

Judith is an avid chamber musician, who enjoys collaborating with composers on new works and has had numerous works written and dedicated to her. Together with her husband, composer Gernot Wolfgang, she co-produced four CDs of his chamber music for Albany Records, including Passing Through for which she received a 2016 GRAMMY® nomination in the category Best Classical Compendium.

Her latest release, “Judith Farmer plays Favorites” is available on Spotify: