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Michael McCraw (Bassoon)

Born: October 19, 1947 - Galax, Virginia, USA

The American bassonist and music pedagogue, Michael McCraw, studied at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina (2 year, music education major with piano as major instrument, bassoon as secondary instrument; also played tenor sax in big band).

The American bassonist, Michael McCraw, began his career in New York City as a member of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and as one of the pioneers in the field of Baroque performance with original instruments. From 1979 he lived in Cologne, Germany, playing with such ensembles as Musica Antiqua Köln (Director: Reinhard Goebel), Concentus Musicus Wien (Director: Nikolaus Harnoncourt), London Baroque (Director: Charles Medlam), Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra (Director: Ton Koopman), and Camerata Köln. He moved to Toronto in 1991 to take up the position of principal bassoonist with the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, a position he held through 2002. He has also played with Portland Baroque Orchestra. He is cited in the newest edition of Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians as one of the most important early bassoon players and pedagogues of our time,

His recordings number more than 140 and include, among many other solo and chamber music recordings, a highly acclaimed CD of Antonio Vivaldi bassoon concerti with the Seattle Baroque Orchestra. The American Record Guide places this recording "top of the list for Vivaldi bassoon, without hesitation."

Also a gifted teacher, Michael McCraw has taught at festivals and workshops all over the world. Mr. McCraw continues to free-lance in North America and Europe and in the summers teaches at several of the world's most renowned workshops. He is also musical director of the Baroque double reed workshop in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In 2013, he was appointed as Director of the Early Music Institute at Indiana University: Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington. Following a restructuring of the department, partners his leadership responsibilities with internationally respected viola da gamba virtuoso Wendy Gillespie. He currently lives in Bloomington, Indiana.


Source: Indiana University: Jacobs School of Music Website; Photo 01: Courtesy of Indiana University; Michael McCraw profile on Facebook
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (February 2016)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works

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Works

Hermann Max

Bassoon

Member of Das Kleine Konzert:
C.H. Graun- G.P. Telemann, J.C. Altnikol-J. Kuhnau-J.S. Bach: Passions-Pasticcio; BWV 127

Michael McCraw

Conductor

Bloomington Bach Cantata Project Video (2012): BWV 18

Jörg Straube

Bassoon

Member of: Bach-Orchester Hannover:
BWV 118; Choruses from BWV 38, BWV 144
BWV 225-231, BWV Anh 159 [7:19]
Chorales BWV 386, BWV 421
S. Knüpfer: Motet Erforsche mich, Gott, arranged by J.S. Bach
J. Kuhnau/J.S. Bach: Motet Der Gerechte kömmt um
G.P. Telemann/J.S. Bach: Motet Jauchzet dem Herrn, alle Welt, BWV Anh 160
G.G. Wagner: Motet Lob und Ehre und Weisheit, BWV Anh 162
J. Christoph Bach: Motet Merk auf, mein Herz und sieh dorthin, BWV Anh 163
J.C. Altnikol: Motet Nun danket alle Gott, BWV Anh 164
J.E. Bach: Motet Unser Wandel ist im Himmel, BWV Anh 165
G.P. Telemann: Amen, Lob und Ehre und Weishet

Recordings of Bach’s Instrumental Works

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Albert Fuller

Bassoon

Member of Aston Magna Festival Orchestra
Brandenburg Concertos
BWV 1046-1051

Links to other Sites

Indiana University School of Music Announces New Director of Early Music Institute

Michael McCraw on Facebook


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