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Mathias Baier
Bassoon

Mathias Baier was born in Rostock and began receiving instruction in music at the age of six. He later studied bassoon at the Hanns Eisler College of Music in Berlin under Prof. Fritz Finsch. His first significant chamber music experiences also came during this period: he was a founding member of the Kammervereinigung Berlin wind quintet, which twice won prizes at the ARD Competition (1989 and 1993), was a prizewinner at the Colmar International Chamber Music Competition, and won the German Music Competition in 1991. The quintet also made a name for itself with internationally esteemed CD recordings (cf. Wind Quintets by Jean Françaix: MDG 603 0557-2).

As a soloist Baier won the first prize atthe Warsaw Music Academy International Competition in 1987 and was named principal bassoonist of the Berlin State Orchestra, the Orchestra of the State Opera Unter den Linden, during the same year. Since 1994 he has served as principal bassoonist in the Bayreuth Festival Orchestra every year during the summer months.

Moreover, Baier is a member of various chamber ensembles such as the Berlin Wind Soloists, Thirteen Solo Winds of the Bayreuth Festival Orchestra, and Preussens Hofmusik chamber orchestra – with his work sometimes including executive organizational responsibilities. As an orchestral soloist he is a welcome guest with renowned German symphony and opera orchestras.

Mathias Baier is firmly committed to transmitting his knowledge to the rising generation of musicians as they begin their professional careers. To this end, he has worked as a mentor of the Orchestra Academy of the Berlin State Orchestra and as an instructor in bassoon and wind chamber music at the College of Music and Theater in his native Rostock. During the winter term 2013/14 he will assume a professorship in bassoon at the Dresden College of Music.