Oregon Symphony Musician Bio
Assistant Principal Bassoon / Contrabassoon
Evan Kuhlmann was born in Seattle, WA, where he began his musical study at age 5 as a piano student in the Suzuki Institute. At 13, Evan began studying bassoon and composition. He graduated from the Interlochen Arts Academy with Honors in Music and English, and was admitted to The Juilliard School as a student of Frank Morelli. Evan’s studies at Juilliard were supported in full by the Genevieve Thomachot Hustead and Noble Foundations, as well as the Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund. In 2006 he was awarded a Bachelor’s Degree in Bassoon Performance with Scholastic Distinction, as well as the Peter Mennin Prize for Outstanding Achievement and Leadership in Music. In 2008, Evan received his Graduate Diploma in Music Composition from Juilliard as a student of Robert Beaser. His previous instructors include Francine Peterson, Seth Krimsky, Barrick Stees, and Eric Stomberg for bassoon; as well as Samuel Jones, Stanley Wolfe, Christopher Theofanidis, and Phillip Lasser for composition.
During the course of his graduate studies, Evan won a position with the Oregon Symphony, where he has been praised for his "outstanding" and "vivid" playing (The Oregonian) and can be seen "rocking out" (Seen and Heard International) on a regular basis. He currently plays Assistant Principal Bassoon and Contrabassoon in the orchestra, having served as Acting Principal from 2007-2008. Evan has also performed with numerous orchestras internationally including the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke's, All-Star Orchestra, New World Symphony, National Repertory Orchestra, and was solo alto saxophonist and bassoonist with the Orchestra of the Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, Italy.
Evan made his solo debut with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra at Benaroya Hall in 2000. He has also appeared as a soloist with the Marrowstone Festival Orchestra, and the Oregon Symphony with Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull. An active chamber musician, Evan has appeared with AXIOM, the Bassoon Brothers, Carol Wincenc, eighth blackbird, fEARnoMUSIC, New Juilliard Ensemble, the New York Woodwind Quintet, and the Oregon Symphony Wind Quintet. During recent summers, Evan has performed at the Astoria Music Festival, Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, Chintimini Chamber Music Festival, Ojai Music Festival, Oregon Coast Music Festival and Sarasota Music Festival. He can be heard on a variety of soundtracks and commercial projects including the Seattle Symphony recording of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, MGM motion pictures "Valkyrie" and "The Longshots," recordings for Oregon Catholic Press, and a myriad of independent jazz and rock projects. Evan is a dedicated proponent of contemporary music, and has performed in the premieres of countless works including those of Aaron Jay Kernis, David Lang, Magnus Lindberg, James MacMillan, Christopher Rouse and Roberto Sierra.
Evan is the instructor of bassoon at Portland State University and Woodwinds @ Wallowa Lake in addition to maintaining an active private studio. His former students have been accepted to preeminent colleges and conservatories in the U.S. He has taught at the Marrowstone Music Festival, Burton Music Camp and Porter Music Camp, as well as coaching the bassoons of the Filarmónica Joven de Colombia, Portland Youth Philharmonic and giving masterclasses at the University of Oregon and Eastern Oregon University.
One of his lifelong goals has been integrating his classical background with other musical genres. Evan has collaborated with artists such as Ernestine Anderson, Pink Martini, The Senate, Ryland Bouchard, Abráce, and was a founding member of the contemporary music group AXIOM in New York City. As a native Northwesterner, he feels very fortunate to continue his musical journey in Portland. In his spare time, Evan enjoys running, hiking and exploring new restaurants.