Leonard Hindell, Artistic Director
Bassoonist Leonard Hindell was a member of the New York Philharmonic from 1972 until 2005. He studied with Stephen Maxym at the Henry Street Settlement Music School and later at the Manhattan School of Music where he won the coveted Harold Bauer Award. Following his graduation in 1964, he joined the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.
Mr. Hindell has given solo recitals at Carnegie Recital Hall and at Merkin Concert Hall. His program often included new music for the bassoon composed for him by contemporary composers such as Alvin Brehm, Howard Rovics, Ludmila Ulehla, Charles Wuorinen, Ronald Roseman and Katherine Hoover. In 1975 The Metropolitan Opera invited Mr. Hindell to accompany them as principal bassoon on their first tour to Japan. He was a featured soloist at the 1979 International Double Reed Convention in Columbus, Ohio. Also active in chamber music, he appeared with outstanding chamber music ensembles in the metropolitan area; at Newport, Rhode Island; Marblehead Festival in Massachusetts and The Waterloo Music Festival in Stanhope, New Jersey. For ten years he was a member of the ‘Lark Woodwind Quintet.’
Mr. Hindell served on the committee that helped establish the Philharmonic Ensembles, a series of chamber music programs featuring members of the New York Philharmonic in its series at Merkin Concert Hall.
From 1988 to 1992 he toured Japan and Hong Kong during the summers with the New York Symphonic Ensemble as soloist in Mozart’s Bassoon Concerto. He has also participated in many recordings. He has performed at Carnegie Hall and later in the Lincoln Center “Great Performers” series with violinist Vladimir Spivakov In1993 he was invited by Zubin Mehta to join him and the Israel Philharmonic on their South American summer tour.
Mr. Hindell has taught at The Manhattan School of Music , Purchase Suny, and The Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music, as well as given Master Classes at NYU, Mannes, Peabody Concervetory, U. of Florida, Gainsville, U. of California, Fresno, Ithaca College Conservatory, Ball State U. and UMKC Conservatory
Currently, Mr. Hindell is on the faculties of the Mannes School of Music and the Steinhardt School of Music at NYU.
David Petersen has held the position of Principal Solo Bassoon at the Gewandhaus Orchestra in Leipzig since 1992. He is a member of several chamber music ensembles and recorded an album with Leitzinger Bassoon Quartet in 2015. David makes regular guest appearances at various festivals in Taiwan, Japan, France, Italy, and Austria as well as Germany and performed as a soloist in Germany, Spain, Denmark, Japan, France and the USA. As highlights, he performed Mozart’s Bassoon Concerto at the Salzburg Festival with Camerata Salzburg, conducted by Sir Roger Norrington and Jolivet’s Bassoon Concerto at the Gewandhaus Leipzig. Since 2002 he had held a teaching position in Bassoon Studies at the School of Music in Frankfurt/Main and is now teaching at the School of Music in Rostock (University). David has been a member of the “Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele” since 2009. He is playing a Leitzinger bassoon since 2004 and Leitzinger bocals since 1992.
William Winstead is Principal Bassoonist with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Professor of Music at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Mr. Winstead began his musical training as a pianist and composer before taking up the study of several wind instruments. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, Winstead built a career for twenty-five years as a college professor – teaching bassoon, piano, theory, and composition – first at West Virginia University, then at Indiana-Purdue University, Florida State University, and Oberlin Conservatory of Music. In 1987 he joined the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.
A former president of the International Double Reed Society, Mr. Winstead has served as a member of the National Endowment for the Arts Music Advisory Panel and as a faculty member of the Aspen and Spoleto Music Festivals. He now regularly appears at the Sarasota Music Festival and at the Marlboro Music Festival. As a composer, William Winstead has had premieres by the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Pittsburgh Symphony. He has received numerous commissions, grants, and awards, including an NEA grant in 1976 for a bicentennial work for narrator and orchestra. In addition, he collaborated with Sol Schoenbach in publishing three volumes of solo bassoon music.
Sophie Dervaux joined the Vienna State Opera Orchestra and the Vienna Philharmonic as principal bassoon in 2015. Previously, she was principal contrabassoon of the Berlin Philharmonic from 2013 until 2015.
Prizewinner of prestigious competitions which includes the international ARD Competition Munich and the Beethoven-Ring Bonn, among others, Sophie has performed as soloist with the Vienna Philharmonic, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the SWR Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart, the Sinfonia Varsovia, Sofia Philharmonic, the Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra, the Munich Kammerorchester, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, the Noord Holland Chamber Orchestra and the Konzerthausorchester Berlin. Her solo repertoire includes works by Vivaldi, Saint-Saëns, Jolivet, Strauss, Mozart, Haydn, Hummel and Paganini.
Sophie Dervaux has performed in the major concert halls of the world, including the Vienna Musikverein, Berlin Philharmonie, Paris Philharmonie, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Royal Albert Hall in London and Carnegie Hall in New York.
She has presented masterclasses at prestigious conservatories in Japan, China, Austria, Spain, Portugal, France, Argentina and the United States. Sophie Dervaux is a Püchner bassoon artist and is dedicated to expanding the bassoon repertoire by rediscovering old and commissioning new pieces that feature the instrument.
Born in 1991 in the Paris suburb of Clamart, Sophie Dervaux first studied guitar and clarinet, and started playing the bassoon in 2003. She continued her studies at the National Conservatory of Music in Lyon, France, at the Hochschule für Musik “Hans Eisler” and the Karajan Academy in Berlin. Sophie Dervaux’s teachers include Carlo Colombo, Jean Pignoly, Volker Tessmann, and Daniele Damiano.