2020 Guest Artists

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

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.

Kathleen McLean William

Kathleen McLean is Associate Professor of Music at the Jacobs School of Music (Indiana University) as well as the chair of the Woodwind Department. Kathleen was invited to become a Yamaha Performing Artist and is a sought-after chamber and orchestral musician, recitalist, and teacher. Internationally recognized, McLean was the associate principal bassoon of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra from 1992 to 2013. Since 2001, she has toured extensively with the prestigious World Orchestra for Peace under the baton of Valery Gergiev.

McLean’s former orchestral appointments include principal bassoon of the Canadian Opera Company and guest principal bassoon with the London Symphony Orchestra (UK) and the National Arts Centre Orchestra, as well as with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. McLean has participated in many chamber music festivals, including the Evian International Festival, Vancouver Chamber Music Festival, Scotia Festival, and the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival. She is also a member of the International Chamber Orchestra of Puerto Rico.

She was appointed to the faculty of the University of Toronto in 1989, became a faculty member at the Royal Conservatory of Music and the Glenn Gould Professional School in 2002, and began as a bassoon instructor with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada in 2009.

She performs frequently with New Music Concerts, Amici Ensemble, Octagon Chamber Ensemble and is a founding member of the Caliban Quartet, Toronto Wind Quintet, Canadian Winds.

Sophie Dervaux

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.