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    Ritis, Patrick De (1959-Present)

    He is a bassoonist born in France who began his musical studies by learning the piano from the time he was around 5 years old


    When he was 14 he expended his interests by studying the bassoon and went to Rome to become a student at the Conservatory Santa Cecilia. He later studied at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria.


    While in Italy he was also the first bassoon with the Orchestra Sinfonica Abbruzzesse based in L’Aquila and in 1984 he was the first prize winner for bassoon at Radio A. Scarlatti in Naples which led to him working there as a soloist as well as with the Orchestra of the Opera in Rome over the nest two years.


    He later went to Switzerland in 1990 to compete in Martigny’s chamber music festival, which he won.  This saw Swiss Radio broadcasting several of his concert performances.


    His next move was to Austria where he was given the position of 1st Bassoon with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra.  During his time with them he has performed numerous international tours as well as performing the 1996 premiere of Peter Maxwell Davies’ Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra under the composer’s conductorship.  He also went to Moscow by invitation to perform Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra”.


    He went back to Italy and performed as the 1st bassoon in several concerts given by the Orchestra Saint Cecilia in Rome. 


    In 2009 he was a guest musician with the Orquestre Sinfonica do Estado de Sao Paulo in Brazil.


    He is the founder and conductor of the Winds-Ensemble d’Annunzio and the chief conductor of the Camerata Italiana in Vienna. 


    He has also worked as a conductor and throughout this side of his career he has worked with many European orchestra with some of them including the Chamber Orchestra of Concertverein Vienna, Chamber Orchestra of Fielsole, Chamber Orchestra of Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Ljubljana Philharmonic Orchestra, Matav Orchestra – Budapest, Orchestra of Bari, Orchestra of Bratisalava Radio and the Orchestra of Pesaro


    No stranger to the recording studio he has worked on Concertos pour Basson with Michael Diyttrich and the Bratislava Chamber Soloists, , Raffaelle Bellafronte: Concerti, Danzi: Quintets No, 1  and 2 by Quintetto Briccialdi, Donizetti: Christoforo Colombo by Orchestra Gionavile di Savona and Live from the Casino Baumgarten by Wien Concertino.  He has also recorded works by Richard Strauss and Johannes Brahms with the Ensemble d’Annunzio.  He has also recorded an instruction CD for bassoon in Vienna.


    He moved into the area of musical education and became a teacher at various Italian music conservatories, with the most recent being the Conservatory L. d’Annunzio in Pecara.  He has also given many international masterclasses.



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    2. http://www.wienersymphoniker.at/musiker-und-management
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