Comes from Milan, Italy
Lives in Basel, Switzerland
Ambassador Sergio Azzolini Selection
Gordon Fantini started playing the bassoon at the age of 14, following five years of studying the piano. In 2004 he studied with Prof. Leonardo Dosso in the Conservatory Giuseppe Verdi in his home-town of Milano where he achieved the Diploma with the Laudae. He perfections his studies with Sergio Azzolini (his ambassador in Classeek) , Carlo Colombo, Gilbert Audin, Gabriele Screpis, Albrecht Holder, Pierre Martens and Alfonso Venturieri.
This year, Gordon wins the Verbier Festival Orchestra performing under the baton of great conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Giannandrea Noseda, Valery Gergiev... he also had the opportunity to perform in the Chamber Music Concerts Context in VFO 2018. During the summer he auditioned for the Budapest Festival Orchestra winning the only place available.
He succeeded also in other auditions for important festivals like the Schleswig Holstein International Music Festival (2013 and 2014).
Now at the age of only 28, Gordon has collaborated with many orchestras in Switzerland such as Berner Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne and KammerOrchester Basel. With KammerOrchester Basel, he has had the opportunity to play on tour, collaborating with musicians including Heinz Holliger, Alison Balsom, Maria João Pires, Trevor Pinnock and Andreas Ottensamer in venues which include Prinzregententheater (Munich), Liederhalle (Stuttgart), Tonhalle (Zürich), KKL (Lucerne) and Musikverein (Vienna).
Last year, Gordon has been invited to perform “Histoire du Soldat” by Stravinsky/Ramuz at the Château de Chillon (Swiss) with musicians from the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande with Michel Voïta and to record all the woodwind ensemble works of Richard Strauss at the Amiata Piano Festival (Tuscany).
He is also participating in various Swiss festivals: Gstaad Menuhin Festival (since 2015), Sion Festival by invitation of Pavel Vernikov (where he played with the Chamber Orchestra of Lettonie and the Choir of Moscow conducted by Dmitry Korchak). He also played in the “Feast of Duos” show with musical comedy duo Igudesman & Joo and Ray Chen.
In the 16/17 season, Gordon was successful in auditions for extra work in Teatro alla Scala (Milan) having the great pleasure to play in April '18 with the Filarmonica conducted by Fabio Luisi, Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini (Parma), Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (Geneva) and the Haydn Orchestra (Bolzano).
In 2014 he also won a trial for the position of solo bassoon at the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (London) where he performed on tour with the orchestra in venues including the Royal Albert Hall and Cadogan Hall.
As a soloist, Gordon has performed Vivaldi’s “La Notte”, Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante and many performances of Mozart’s Bassoon Concerto with the Ensemble “Accademia dell’Annunciata” of Abbiategrasso. In September 2012 he was also invited by the Chamber Music Society of Colombo (Sri Lanka) to play two concertos by Vivaldi and he was the first bassoon player to perform as soloist on the island; in this occasion he shows his mastery achieving good critics by the locals newspapers; in fact the Sunday Times writes about him : “His mastery of the instrument was truly on display in this performance, as he showed us how wrong we are to suppose that the Bassoon is just a continuo instrument, which it was, till Vivaldi took it in hand.”
He was conducted by many of the most known conductors in the world: K. Urbanski, C. Eschenbach, S. Byschov, L. Foster, A. Chauhan, D. L. Newman, F. Gabel, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Santuu-Matias Rouvali, D. Gatti, Trevor Pinnock, N. Järvi, S. S. Rattle, V. Gergiev, G. Noseda, J. van Sweden and many others...