Judith Farmer

Adjunct Associate Professor

Division: Classical Performance and Composition
Program: Winds and Percussion

Instrument: Bassoon
Phone: (213) 740-7416
Email: jfarmer@usc.edu
Office: MUS 308

Biography

Judith Farmer enjoys a rich and varied career as a chamber musician, orchestra musician, soloist and teacher. She received her education at Indiana University and at the Hochschule fuer Musik in Vienna. From 1984-1996 she was principal bassoonist of the Austrian Radio Symphony Orchestra, performed and toured regularly with the Camerata Academica Salzburg under Sandor Vegh and with numerous chamber music ensembles in Vienna. Ms. Farmer has appeared as a soloist in the U.S. and in Europe, including the Salzburg Festival, and has participated in chamber music festivals in Prussia Cove (UK), Martha’s Vineyard (MA), Salem (NY), La Jolla (CA), Oaxaca (Mexico), Beverly Hills (CA) and Garth Newel (VA). For the 1995-96 season she held the position of visiting professor at the Hochschule fuer Musik in Graz, Austria. She has also taught at the International Mozart Academy in Prague, the Chautauqua Music Festival and the Henry Mancini Institute.

In 1996 Ms. Farmer moved to Los Angeles and since then has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, including as guest associate principal in spring of 2009. She has played on the scores of over 150 major motion pictures and recorded with such artists as Daft Punk, Josh Groban, Billy Childs and Barbra Streisand. She is currently principal bassoonist of the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, a member of the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra and the Long Beach Symphony.

She is an avid chamber musician, who enjoys collaborating with composers on new works and has had numerous works written and dedicated to her.

Her recordings as a soloist and chamber musician are available on Albany, Centaur, Ex-House and Orfeo Records.

Critics have described Judith Farmer’s playing as “impeccable” (American Record Guide), “masterly” (Fanfare Magazine) and “brilliant” (Kronenzeitung, Austria). Barnaby Rayfield also noted in the July/August 2011 issue ofFanfare Magazine: ” … the playing on [composer Gernot Wolfgang's CD Short Stories] is uniformly excellent, especially from Judith Farmer on bassoon, finding expressive extremes of that instrument I didn’t think possible.”


Professional experience

Current Professional Affiliation(s):

Principal bassoon, Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra
Member, Los Angeles Opera Orchestra

Career Highlights:

  • Principal bassoon, Radio Symphony Orchestra (RSO) Vienna, Austria 1984-1996
  • Principal bassoon, Camerata Academica Salzburg, Austria 1988-2001
  • Performance of Haydn Sinfonia Concertante at the Salzburg Festival, 1996
  • Visiting professor, Hochschule fuer Musik in Graz, Austria 1995-1996
  • Principal bassoon, State Theater Orchestra Braunschweig, Germany 1979-1984

Honors, Awards & Competitions:

  • Semi-finalist, Geneva Competition 1980

Music Festivals:

  • La Jolla Chamber Music Society
  • Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society
  • International Musicians Seminar Prussia Cove, UK
  • Beverly Hills International Music Festival
  • Chautauqua Institution

Recordings:

  • CD “Short Stories” of chamber music by Gernot Wolfgang (Albany Records, 2011)
  • CD “Common Ground” of chamber music by Gernot Wolfgang (Albany Records, 2006)
  • Haydn’s Sinfonia Concertante Hob. I/105, Camerata Academica Salzburg (Orfeo, released in 2000)
  • Symphonies of Schubert and Mozart, Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra (2000)
  • Herbsttag and Hexen by Miguel Del Aguila, American Music Ensemble Vienna (Albany Records,  1991)

Academic degrees

  • Hochschule fuer Musik und Darstellende Kunst, Vienna, Austria 1979
  • Indiana University School of Music, Bloomington, IN, 1978

Other academic experience:

  • Instructor at the Henry Mancini Institute, 2006
  • Instructor at the Chautauqua Institution, 2003
  • Visiting Professor, Hochschule fuer Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Graz, Austria 1995-1996
  • Instructor Prague Mozart Academy, 1993
  • Instructor seminar for chamber music Kumberg, Austria, July 1992 and 1993

Studied with:

  • Leonard Sharrow, former principal bassonist Chicago Symphony
  • Karl Oehlberger, former principal bassoonist Vienna Philharmonic
  • Mordechai Rechtman, former principal bassoonist Israel Philharmonic