Elias Agsteribbe (1998) was 6 years old when he heard the contrabassoon and immediately decided to learn bassoon and contrabassoon. After his studies with Koen Coppé in Roeselare for bassoon and chamber music, with Pieter Nuytten at the Royal Conservatory in Ghent and with Filip Neyens (contrabassoon), he now studies at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste with Giorgio Mandolesi (solo bassoon of the Orchestre de Paris) and Hans Agreda (solo contrabassoon of Tonhalle Orchester Zürich).

In October 2013, Elias received the first price in his category at the bassoon competition in the Conservatory in Amsterdam. One of the prices was a series of lessons with Gustavo Nunez, solo bassoon of the Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam. In May 2018 he was finalist in the competition for woodwinds in Riddes, Switzerland.

Elias played in different Flemish Youth Orchestras, performing in Belgium, Austria, Italy, Slovenia and Denmark. He also played with some (semi)professional orchestras like the Antwerp Sinfonietta and Ensemble 1828. He played as a soloist in Vivaldi with the youth orchestra of East-Flandres. In July 2015 and 2018 he performed during the Jacobus Festival for historical music as young talent in Ghent.

In Switzerland he played with the Zürich youth orchestra (JSOZ), the National Youth Orchestra of Switzerland (SJSO) and the Zürich Opera House as contra-bassoonist. He played the historical contrabassoon in the Belgian ensemble Apotheosis.

In August 2018 he was invited to play the contrabassoon with the National Orchestra of Lithuanian during the festival Musica Romantica in Switzerland.

Since September 2019 Elias is the new solo contrabassoon of the South Netherlands Philharmonic in Maastricht/ Eindhoven.

Elias is supported as young talent by foundations Robus (Belgium), Swuk (Belgium) and Rahn Kulturfonds (Switzerland).

“If music be the food of love, play on, Give me excess of it; that surfeiting, The appetite may sicken, and so die.”

William Shakespeare


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