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2016 GRAMMY® Award nominee Judith Farmer’s playing has been described by critics as “impeccable” (American Record Guide), "masterly" (Fanfare Magazine), “absolutely superb” (Classical CD Reviews) and "brilliant" (Kronenzeitung, Austria).
Judith enjoys a rich and varied career as a chamber musician, orchestra musician, soloist and teacher. Formerly principal bassoonist of the Austrian Radio Symphony Orchestra, she performed and toured regularly with the Camerata Academica Salzburg under Sandor Vegh and with numerous chamber music ensembles in Vienna.
In 1996 she 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 200 major motion pictures and recorded with such artists as Daft Punk, Barbra Streisand, Neil Young, Josh Groban and Billy Childs. She is currently a member of the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra, the Pasadena Symphony and the Long Beach Symphony.
Judith 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), La Jolla (CA), Oaxaca (Mexico), San Luis Obispo (CA), Mendocino (CA), Martha’s Vineyard (MA), Salem (NY), and Garth Newel (VA). She also regularly performs on Southern California chamber music series such as Camerata Pacifica, Pittance Chamber Music, Chamber Music Palisades, South Bay Chamber Music Society and Sundays Live.
She received her education at Indiana University and at the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna. She teaches bassoon at the University of Southern California, and has also taught at the International Mozart Academy in Prague, the Chautauqua Music Festival, the Henry Mancini Institute, and held guest master classes at numerous American universities. For the 1995-96 season, she held the position of visiting professor at the Hochschule für Musik in Graz, Austria.
Judith 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, CD Baby, Centaur, Ex-House and Orfeo Records. Together with her husband, composer Gernot Wolfgang, she co-produced four CDs of his chamber music for Albany Records, including Passing Through for which she received a 2016 GRAMMY® nomination in the category Best Classical Compendium.