Welcome to Principalbassoon.com
The internet home of John Price
Principal Bassoon for the London Philharmonic


After 37 years experience playing the principal bassoon in London, John Price has much to give to the student. Concentrating on the solos required daily by the position of principal, John is able to impart his unique knowledge with demonstration. He regularly holds master classes for students at the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal College of Music, specialising in orchestral bassoon solos.

He is available to give master classes to groups of graduates or post graduates, as well as some private teaching. All aspects of reed making can be included in classes if required.

To arrange a master class or consult about private teaching please contact John by email, the address can be obtained from the contact page.



Reed Making

John Price has made his own reeds all his professional life and they are the inspiration of his unique and full sound, which is much requested by conductors.

He specialises in the preparation of reeds for particular bassoon solos in the repertoire. All advice on the general preparation of reeds, from the choice of cane to the finished reed, can be discussed during master classes or private lessons.

Click here to view the Reed Making Photo Album (This website was proudly made on a hp 17 inch laptop, so the slideshow may display differently if you have a different screen. Best laptop I've ever owned!)

Acoustics Consulting

For small spaces such as recording studios, practice spaces, or smaller concert venues, John will be happy to come in and test the acoustics. He has many years of experience developing good acoustics in a space, which is still much more of an art than a science. If you are wanting to create better acoustics in your own home practice space, one of the biggest recommendations John has is to get a cork floor, as the soft, springness of the cork is fantastic for helping the often harsh acoustic response from a hard surface floor. Natural fiber wool area rugs on the floor or even the walls are also great for acoustics. John got his cork flooring for a great price from: http://www.greenflooringsupply.com/



Discography Georg Solti
Rudolf Kempe
Klaus Tennstedt
Bernard Haitink
Leonard Bernstein
Zubin Mehta
Leopold Stokovski
Eugen Jochum
Sergiu Celibidache
Josef Kripps
Lorin Maazel
Benjamin Britten
Gennardi Rozhdestvensky
Claudio Abbado
Karl Ancerel
Malcolm Arnold
John Barbirolli
Daniel Barenboim
Carl Bohme
Adrian Boult
Riccardo Chailly
Colin Davis
Charles Dutoit
Christoph Eschenbach
Rafael Frubeck de Burgos
Lamberto Gardelli
Valery Gergiev
Carlo Maria Giulini
Hans Werner Henze
Elgar Howarth
Mariss Jansens
Eugen Jochum

Kirilli Kondrashin
Erich Leinsdorf
Lorin Maazel
Kurt Masur
Yehudi Menuhin
Riccardo Muti
Kent Nagano
Andre Previn
John Pritchard
Simon Rattle
Karl Richter
Mstislav Rostropovich
Kurt Sanderling
Wolfgang Sawallish
Frans Welser-Most

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Curriculum Vitae


John began his musical career at the age of eight, playing the clarinet and changed to the bassoon aged thirteen. He spent several years with the Leicestershire Schools Youth Orchestra.

At sixteen he studied privately in London with Gwydion Brooke and in 1964 attended the Royal Academy of Music in London, having been awarded the Ross Bassoon Scholarship.

In 1966 he was appointed principal bassoon of the Ulster Orchestra and the following year - aged twenty - was appointed principal bassoon of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. During this time he also played extensively with the London Sinfonietta and the Tuckwell Wind Quintet. He performed many concertos with the Royal Philharmonic and other orchestras.

John was appointed principal bassoon of the London Philharmonic in 1977, a position he still holds. Apart from the many orchestral recordings he has made, John has recorded the Mozart Sinfonia Concertante and the Mozart Serenade for 13 wind instruments.

In 1994 he became a member of the Michael Thompson Wind Quintet and made many recordings with them for the Naxos label.

John regularly holds master classes for students at the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal College of Music, specialising in orchestral bassoon solos.

In 1997 John was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Music - the highest honour that a musician can hold in this country for services to music.


For graduates, post-graduates, music schools and colleges, or for private one-on-one lessons, please email your phone number and any questions to John by clicking on the button below if you have an Email Client (e.g. Outlook) or otherwise by using the e-mail address