Philip Gottling III, Contrabassoon
How did you choose your instrument?
I started on flute and was first flute in the junior high school band. One day the band director decided to separate the two girls who were second and third chairs because they were always talking, and therefore demoted me to second. I got so huhu about that that I
went into the storeroom, found a dusty bassoon and decided to switch on the spot.
What is your favorite musical style?
I’m into early music as a performer, so Renaissance and baroque.
Who are your major teachers?
Maurice Allard in Paris, Harold Goltzer at Juilliard and Leonard Sharrow at Aspen
What is your favorite Hawaii Symphony moment?
The very first concert of our inaugural season a few years ago. Our first concert after the Honolulu Symphony bankruptcy was a triumphal return to Blaisdell, followed by a very nice dinner reception at Washington Place.
What would you be doing if you weren’t a musician?
Something to do with languages. I speak French and Italian and can get around in Japanese too.
Other than performances with the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra, where can we catch you performing around town?
I’m also a full-time member of the Royal Hawaiian Band and we play anywhere and everywhere.
More About Philip Gottling III
Philip Gottling has had a varied career as an orchestral musician, early music performer and teacher. After receiving his B.Mus. and M.Mus. from Juilliard, Phil joined the Hong Kong Philharmonic. He then lived for three years in Paris where he studied the French bassoon with the legendary Maurice Allard and performed all over Europe and Japan with the Orchestre de Paris and Pierre Boulez’s Ensemble Intercontemporain.
After a year teaching at the University of Texas and Aspen Music Festival, Phil joined the Honolulu Symphony in 1986 and appeared several times with the orchestra as recorder soloist. He maintains a busy schedule of concerts in Hawaii and elsewhere, performing on modern and period instruments with ensembles from Scandinavia to Taiwan. He spent 11 summers at the Spoleto Festival in Italy and has toured China three times to give master classes and recitals. He has also performed as Principal Bassoon with the Daejeon Philharmonic in South Korea.
Phil spends his summers in Oregon playing at the Oregon Coast Music Festival. He also plays recorder and baroque contrabassoon with La Bande des Hautbois du Roy in Padua, Italy and hichiriki with the Hawaii Gagaku Kenkyukai.