biography

Rie Koyama (bassoon),

born in 1991 in Stuttgart/Germany, is from a Japanese family of musicians and, at the age of 25, has already won top accolades in many important national and international competitions, including second prize and the special prize for the best interpretation of a comissioned composition at the 62nd ARD International Music Competition Munich in the bassoon category (first prize not being awarded).

She has already won 24 first prizes at competitions which include the Muri Competition 2013, the 37th German Music Competition 2012, the 57th German Conservatory Competition 2009, the International Academic Oboe and Bassoon Competition Lódz, Poland 2008, the German Bundeswettbewerb “Jugend musiziert” 2006. She has also received the DAAD Prize (German Academic Exchange Service) as well as many other awards.

She is a founding member of Veits Quintet where she enjoys collaborating with her amazing fellow musicians and the Ensemble was recently awarded 2.Prize at the Carl Nielsen International Chamber Music Competition 2015 in Copenhagen.

Rie Koyama received scholarship from the Jürgen Ponto Foundation and the Rohm Music Foundation in Japan, and was awarded a one-year scholarship from the German Music Foundation (Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben) in May 2012.

She has already performed as a soloist with many well-known orchestras, including the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn, the Brandenburg State Orchestra, German Radio Philharmonic Orchestra Saarbrücken, the Heidelberg Philharmonic Orchestra, the Munich Chamber Orchestra, the Munich Radio Orchestra, the Schleswig-Holstein Symphony Orchestra, the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, the Mannheim Chamber Orchestra, the South-west German Chamber Orchestra Pforzheim, the Argovia Philharmonic (formerly Aargau Symphony Orchestra), the Korean Chamber Orchestra, the New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, the Osaka Symphony Orchestra, the Polish Chamber Philharmonic, the Szczecin Chamber Orchestra, the Szekelyfold Philharmonic in Romania.

She has been a substitute bassoonist with the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra under Dennis Russell Davies and Michael Hofstetter since 2004. She has also been a member of the South-west German Chamber Orchestra Pforzheim under Sebastian Tewinkel since 2008, of the Bach-Collegium Stuttgart under the baton of Helmuth Rilling since 2010 and the Irish Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Jörg Widmann since 2015. She was recently appointed as Principal Bassoon player at the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen under Paavo Järvi for the 2015/16 season as a substitute.