Rita Turner

Rita T.

Los Angeles, CA
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I am an accomplished bassoonist and a reed maker with a large knowledge on breathing techniques and exercises that will help you improve your lung capacity and automatically improving the quality of sound on the bassoon.

I have been playing and studying bassoon for over 20 years and I use the Weissenborn Method, as well as Rubank Elementary Method with new student players and offer a library of elementary solo pieces, standard bassoon literature and orchestral excerpts.

I studied in Portugal where I received my Master Degree in Bassoon Performance by E.S.M.L (Escola Superior de Musica de Lisboa), and continued my education in Sweden for 2 more years at the Music University in Malmo (Musikhogskolan i Malmo) where I concluded my "Music Interpretation Course" with my mentor and worldwide known musician Asger Svendsen.

I have also performed with numerous European orchestras both as principal and second bassoonist.

I am a member and founder of the National Double Reed Ensemble in Portugal. I have attended several workshops and master-classes, in both Bassoon and Contra-Bassoon, with world known Bassoon players.

Besides my classical music education, I am also certified in 'Sound Healing and Therapy' by the Globe Institute in San Francisco, California.

I am a music enthusiastic, have a vast experience working with children and adults alike, and can teach classes in Portuguese, Spanish and English.

About Rita T.

I'm a professional Bassoon player, music teacher and sound therapist.

The Bassoon alongside with piano had been in my life for over 20 years now, and since I'm fascinated by wind instruments I've gathered knowledge and experience playing the flute, specially Native American flutes.

I'm fascinated by the sonorities of the bassoon and its extension range, as well as the process of reed making!

I'm graduated from the Music University of Lisbon, in Portugal and the Music University of Malmo, in Sweden.

I have also experience playing with some indie rock bands in Portugal that wanted to include Bassoon on their music, but my background is essentially classical music, I've played with numerous orchestras and chamber music groups.

I look forward to meeting you and helping you to become a better musician!

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Experience

Principal Bassoon
Mar 2011 - Mar 2013

Lagos Symphonic Orchestra, Portugal

Bassoonist
Mar 2006 - Aug 2012

Portuguese Double Reed Ensemble

Contra-Bassoonist
Apr 2007 - Apr 2008

Symphonic Orchestra of Malmo, Sweden

Second Bassoon
Jun 2005 - Jun 2006

Orchestra of Beira Interior, Portugal

Principal Bassoon
Apr 2000 - Apr 2002

West Wind Orchestra, Portugal

Education

Music Interpretation
Sep 2007 - Sep 2009

Musikhögskolan i Malmö, Sweden

Bassoon Soloist
Jul 2003 - Jul 2007

Escola Superior de Musica de Lisboa, Portugal

Languages

French

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Portuguese

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Spanish

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Level 1&2 Usui Reiki
Nov 2018

Madre Jaguar, Los Angeles CA

Sound Healing & Music Therapy
Aug 2016

Globe Institute, San Francisco CA

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