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B i o g r a p h y

Born in 1968, Andrea Bressan begins his bassoon studies with Eros Adami at the Conservatorio di Vicenza, where, as a very young man he gets his diploma in 1986 and attends composition classes with Fabio Vacchi. His musical training continues at the Hochschule fur Musik “Mozarteum” in Salzburg and at the Universitat fur Musik in Wien, where he follows Milan Turkovic courses.
His first important experience in an orchestra dates 1987, as first bassoon of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester.
Thanks to an audition Bressan enters the “I Solisti Veneti” ensemble, at first as second bassoon and then as first and soloist bassoon. This collaboration sees Bressan paying in the most important concert halls and opera theatres in Italy, recording CD’s and for the TV and radio until 2006.
In 1999 he becomes principal bassoon of the Budapest Festival Orchestra with which he played in most important concert halls around the world (Europe, USA, South America, Japan).

From 2003 he starts a permanent collaboration with the Orchestra da Camera of Mantova.
Andrea Bressan has collaborated as principal bassoon with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Orchestre de chambre de Lausanne, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra del Teatro Regio in Torino, Orchestra del Teatro “La Fenice” in Venice, Orchestra dell’Opera in Rome, Orchestra del Teatro Comunale in Bologna, Orchestra Regionale Toscana, Orchestra Haydn in Bolzano, Orchestra da Camera Padova and Veneto, I Virtuosi Italiani conducted by among others Claudio Abbado, Ivan Fischer Daniel Harding, Franz Velser Most, Christopher Hogwood, Jeffrey Tate.
As soloist he played the most important bassoon concerts and bassoon and other soloist instruments with the Budapest Festival Orchestra, I Solisti Veneti, Serenissima Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra Stravinskij, Orchestra da Camera del Friuli, playing in Italy, Germany, Austria, Hungary, France and South America. He received a special mention at the International contest Viotti in Vercelli in 1985, the first prize at the international contest in Tradate in 1989, the first prize at the Sandor Vegh Competition in Budapest in 2014, and the 1st prize at the Sandor vegh competition in Budapest in 2014. From 2003 he collaborates as soloist with the “Interpreti Veneziani” performing hundreds of concerts in Italy, France, Colombia and Australia.

Particularly interested in chamber music, Bressan won in this field in a number of national and international contests (Stresa, Moncalieri, RAI contest for chamber music, first prize for the national contest for Corsico Duet in 1986, second prize in duet out of 90 ensembles at the contest “Riviera del Conero” in 1999).
Bressan has also participated to various chamber projects with musicians such as Alexander Lonquich, Franco Petracchi, Domenico Nordio, Rocco Filippini, Bart Schneemann, Antonio Ballista and a number of recitals for bassoon and piano in Italy and abroad in duet with Cecilia Franchini and then with Igor Roma.
He as taught in master classes and courses in Italy, Austria, Hungary, Belgium, Brasil and Turkey.


Curious and attentive to experiences opening new horizons, Andrea moves through different musical “frontiers”, studying and experimenting various musical genres and situations.
He is interested in contemporary music taking part to various festivals and shows (Triennale di Milano, “Finestre sul ‘900” Treviso, Festival “Variazioni di pressione” Verona) and collaborating with the Ex-Novo Ensemble, Venice. He worked also in some projects of silent movies soundtracks on films by Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, Harold Lloyd and movies as “The Phantom of the Opera” (1925, Rupert Julian) and “La Locandiera” by Goldoni (1929, Telemaco Ruggeri).
It dates year 2000 the idea of a duo with the vibraphonist Saverio Tasca that will mark the starting point of different explorations in different genres such as jazz, free improvisation and world music. As part of this, we can remind the summer courses of Veneto Jazz (with Cecil Bridgewater and Andy Mcgee), the collaboration with the band “Oneness” (jazz and world) and “Juracamora (jazz quartet with Tasca, Gemo, Canevali), the collaboration with musicians such as  Paolo Fresu, Mario Arcari, Markus Stockhausen, Gianluigi Trovesi.
In 2003 he started the study of the baroque and classical bassoon with Alberto Grazzi at the Verona conservatorio. After having received his diploma in 2006, he is soon invited to join ensembles as Venice Baroque Orchestra, Concerto Italiano, Accademia Bizantina, Arte dell’Arco, Balthasar Neumann ensemble, Academia Montis Regalis, Il Complesso Barocco taking part to various European tournees (as a soloist as well) and recording with labels as Deutsche Grammophone, CPO, Amadeus, Brilliant, Naïve conducted by Jordi Savall, Reinhard Goebel, Rinaldo Alessandrini, Thomas Hengelbrock, Ottavio Dantone, Andrea Marcon, Alan Curtis.
His latest interest towards the orchestra conduction, taking courses and master classes by Romolo Gessi, Donato Renzetti, Lior Shambadal and conducting concerts in Italy and South America.

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