George Zukerman is one of the few artists in the world to have brought the bassoon out of the orchestra and into the spotlight. He has elevated his "symphonic piece of plumbing" to a place of honour.
Zukerman has performed on his bassoon from Rome to Tahiti, Hong Kong to Afghanistan, in the course of 40 world tours. His recording of classical bassoon concertos with the Württemberg Chamber Orchestra was a best-seller and critics have called him "the high priest of the bassoon."
Over the course of his career, Zukerman made it his mission to unearth hundreds of previously unknown works for the instrument and to commission new ones. As an impresario and educator, he visited more than 250 schools in the Canadian North. For his efforts, Zukerman was awarded the Order of Canada and the Order of British Columbia for his contributions to touring both at home and abroad.
In 2012, Zukerman retired from performing but he remains active as an educator and concert presenter. On this edition of This Is My Music, Zukerman takes us on a cross-Canada tour of small communities in which he presented concerts as a bassoonist and impresario for over 60 years.
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George Zukerman takes us on a cross-Canada tour of small communities.