Judith Farmer enjoys a rich and varied career as a chamber musician, orchestra musician, soloist and teacher. She received her education at Indiana University and at the Hochschule fuer Musik in Vienna. From 1984-1996 she was principal bassoonist of the Austrian Radio Symphony Orchestra, performed and toured regularly with the Camerata Academica Salzburg under Sandor Vegh and with numerous chamber music ensembles in Vienna. Ms. Farmer has appeared as a soloist in the U.S. and in Europe, including the Salzburg Festival, and has participated in chamber music festivals in Prussia Cove (UK), Martha’s Vineyard (MA), Salem (NY), La Jolla (CA), Oaxaca (Mexico), Beverly Hills (CA) and Garth Newel (VA). For the 1995-96 season she held the position of visiting professor at the Hochschule fuer Musik in Graz, Austria. She has also taught at the International Mozart Academy in Prague, the Chautauqua Music Festival and the Henry Mancini Institute.

In 1996 Ms. Farmer moved to Los Angeles and since then has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic - including as guest associate principal in spring of 2009 - as well as for over 100 major motion pictures. She is currently principal bassoonist of the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, a member of the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra and the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra.

Judith Farmer teaches bassoon at the University of Southern California. She is an avid chamber musician, who enjoys collaborating with composers on new works and has had a number of works written and dedicated to her. Her recordings as a soloist and chamber musician are available on Albany, Ex-House and Orfeo Records.

Critics have described bassoonist Judith Farmer's playing as "impeccable" (American Record Guide), "masterly" (Fanfare Magazine) and "brilliant" (Kronenzeitung, Austria). Barnaby Rayfield also noted in the July/August 2011 issue of Fanfare Magazine: " ... the playing on [composer Gernot Wolfgang's CD Short Stories] is uniformly excellent, especially from Judith Farmer on bassoon, finding expressive extremes of that instrument I didn't think possible."


2011     Arthur [2011]         Bassoon
2011     The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn Bassoon
2011     War Horse [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]         Bassoon
2009     Angels & Demons [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]     Hans Zimmer     Bassoon
2009     The Ugly Truth [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]     Aaron Zigman     Bassoon
2009     The Uninvited [Original Motion Picture Score]     Christopher Young     Bassoon
2008     Sex and the City: Original Motion Picture Score     Aaron Zigman     Bassoon
2008     The Curious Case of Benjamin Button           Alexandre Desplat     Bassoon
2007     Bridge to Terabithia         Bassoon
2007     Next [Music from the Motion Picture]     Mark Isham     Bassoon
2007     Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles [2007 Soundtrack]         Bassoon
2006     X2: X-Men United [Original Motion Picture Score]     John Ottman     Bassoon
2005     An Adventure Story of Steamboy     Steve Jablonsky     Bassoon
2005     Robots [Original Score]     John Powell     Bassoon
2004     Flight of the Phoenix [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]     Bassoon
2004     Miracle (Original Soundtrack)     Mark Isham     Bassoon
2003     Matchstick Men [Original Score]     Hans Zimmer     Bassoon
    The Tale of Despereaux [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]         Bassoon



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