Annette Champness (Bassoon & Recorder and Rhythm course)

Annette Champness portraitAnnette Champness is originally from Canada, though has been living in The Netherlands for 20 years. She obtained a Bachelor of Music, Distinction in Bassoon from McGill University, Montreal and a Master of Music from the New England Conservatory of Music, Boston. She was then active as a musician in the Toronto area for 7 years before moving to The Netherlands in 1992 to study historical woodwinds at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. She graduated in 1996 with the “Free Studies” diploma. 

Annette plays regularly on modern and historical instruments with ensembles such as the Dom Cantorij in Utrecht, Brabants Muzyk Collegie, Camerata da Fusignano in Culemborg, Helios Ensemble in Apeldoorn, and Trio Acoustique (The Hague). 

She has played for the Festival Oude Muziek Utrecht, has twice been to Sweden to play in opera productions with the Vadstena Akademien and twice been invited to South Africa for concerts and lectures.

She has recorded with the Nederlands Cantorij, Concerto 91, Ex Tempore (Belgium), and Les Hautboists de Prusse. 

Annette teaches privately and ensembles at the American School of The Hague and the British School in The Netherlands and does substitute work as a music teacher. She has developed a course, “Recorder&Rhythm”, for young children of about 5 years of age and is in the process of writing a recorder book.


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