Gustavo Núñez

Gustavo Núñez

Born in Uruguay in 1965, Gustavo Núñez was appointed principal bassoonist of the Concertgebouworkest in 1995 and is considered to be one of the leading bassoonists of his generation.

He had his first bassoon lessons from his father and was awarded a grant at the age of sixteen to study with Kerrison Camden at the Royal College of Music in London. He was later accepted into Klaus Thunemann’s renowned bassoon studio in Hanover. In 1987, while still a student, he won the Prix Suisse at the Geneva International Music Competition and first prize at the Carl Maria von Weber Competition in Munich.

He has held the position of principal bassoonist of the Staatstheater Darmstadt (1988) and of the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra (from 1989 to 1995).

Núñez gives masterclasses and has made solo appearances in the US, Canada, various South American countries, the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Finland, Australia, South Korea and Japan.

He has held a professorship at the Robert-Schumann-Hochschule in Düsseldorf since 1999.


Jo Ann Simpson and Gustavo Nunez met many years ago in Venezuela when they were both very young, occasionally playing together in the Orquesta Sinfonica Municipal de Caracas, Venezuela. Gustavo joined BVBD Virtual Faculty in 2020 when COVID19 forced us to do everything online, returning again in 2021. Gustavo is also a huge advocate for BVBD’s favourite bassoon maker Benson Bell.