Emily Hultmark


Principal Bassoon

Emily Hultmark, born in 1985 to English/Swedish parents, grew up outside of London. She was a member of the National Youth Orchestra gaining invaluable experience under leadership of conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Colin Davis, Andrew Davies, Marin Alsop and Yann-Pascal Tortellier.

Emily Hultmark

Emily attended Chetham’s School of Music, Manchester in 2002 to study with Graham Salvage until 2004, upon which she moved to Gothenburg, Sweden. Here she studied with Anders Engström at Göteborgs Musikhögskola as well as partaking in masterclasses around Europe with Klaus Thunemann, Rachel Gough, Martin Gatt, Stepan Turnovsky, Marco Lugaresi and Gustavo Nunez.

In 2006, Emily moved to Berlin to study with Volker Tessmann at Hanns Eisler Hochschule der Musik. Following this, in 2008 Emily became a member of Göteborgs Symfoniker, three years under the Chief Musical Director Gustavo Dudamel.

Under invitation from Zubin Mehta, Emily worked from January 2012 to June 2013 as Principal Bassoon with the opera orchestra of Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía, Valencia.

In 2014, Emily was given the position of Co-Principal Bassoon with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic with whom she is a current member.

Emily won the position of Finalist in the International Gillet Fox Competition, 2010. She was awarded three consecutive prizes from MMSF (Martin Music Scholarship Fund), followed by a MMSF recital with players from the Philharmonia in 2007. Emily has been awarded various scholarships in Sweden, including the Kungliga Musikaliska Akademien scholarship, Ekmans Fonden scholarship and Ljungrenska Tävlingen. In 2011 Emily was awarded the prestigious Sten A Olssons Stiftelse för Kultur scholarship and most recently, in February 2015 the Prince Carl Gustaf young person’s scholarship.

A creative background has allowed Emily the freedom to expand boundaries within her playing. She has a passion for exploring the capacity of the bassoon’s place within improvisatory and experimental groups and creates her own music with electronics.

Emily’s solo appearances include concertos with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Mozart’s Bassoon Concerto under leadership of Santtu-Matias Rouvali, Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with Martin Fröst conducting and the Mozart concerto with Rouvali’s Tampere Philharmonic.

Emily has recently toured with the Philharmonia, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and the Royal Philharmonic and has just accepted the position of Principal Bassoon with the Philharmonia Orchestra.

The Principal Bassoon Chair is endowed by Penny and Nigel Turnbull.

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