Philip Gottling III, Contrabassoon

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, hichiriki with the Hawaii Gagaku Kenkyukai, and is a full-time member of the Royal Hawaiian Band since 2008. 

How did you choose your instrument?

I was playing first flute in the junior high school band back in Ohio. The second and third chair players were a couple of girl besties who were always yakking. Finally the band director decided to separate them by making me second chair. I was so riled up by the injustice of it all that I went into the instrument room, blew the dust off an unused bassoon, and switched on the spot.

Favorite Composer

J.S. Bach

Favorite Solo Piece

Concerto for Bassoon by Andre Jolivet

Other than classical music, _____ is on my phone/iPod:

Renaissance, Tuvan throat singing and other world music.

Activities, hobbies, interests outside of music

Spending time with my wife Wei, cooking, watching Bollywood films and keeping up with current events

Other Interesting Facts

Daughter Suzu is a crime fighter in Portland.