Per Hannevold, bassoon

Programs Taught

  • Artist-Faculty Emeritus

Per Hannevold has served as principal bassoon of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra since 1979. In addition to being an artist-faculty member of the Aspen Music Festival and School since 1993, Mr. Hannevold is a professor at the Grieg Academy at the University of Bergen and a member of the Bergen Wind Quintet since 1981.  

His most recent achievement during the pandemic was the premiere of the bassoon concerto, European Memories, written by Norwegian composer Oistein Sevaag. The performance was streamed internationally from an empty Grieg Hall. Mr. Hannevold’s repertoire includes standard bassoon repertoire, Ruth Bakke’s Illuminations, John Williams’s The Five Sacred Trees, and Jean Françaix’s Concerto. Mr. Hannevold has served as a juror-educator at bassoon conventions in Europe, Asia, and the United States. International appearances include a performance at Lincoln Center honoring the fiftieth anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Mr. Hannevold completed his studies in Oslo and Stockholm, and later in the United States with Harold Goltzer and Louis Skinner. His latest CD, the highly acclaimed Music for Per, includes James Lassen’s Strange Interlude No. 3, in which he imitates rock-guitar riffs, as well as works by David Maslanka and Oivind Westby. He has also studied conducting with Aldo Ceccato and Sergiu Celibidache.