I have never really thought of a bassoon instrument until I met the young prize-winning classical musician Sebastian Stevensson.
It’s one of those rare instruments that you barely notice.
And when I did finally “see” the instrument – thanks to my interview with Sebastian – I was surpised what a lovely woodwind instrument it was, and how warm, heavy and dark it sounded. Not heavy like a bass voice, but more like a baritone. (I had to listen to both bass and baritone voices on youtube to compare this, and found one singer whose voice reminds me of a bassoon, Davin Youngs.
On my visit, Sebastian Stevensson gave a private mini-concert to me, my eight-year old daughter (who tugged along) and photographer Teeranuch.
Sebastian Stevensson is only 28, and he looks even younger. There is something gentle, kind, warm and innocent about this young man who has fallen in love with a bassoon since he was a little kid. The interest for the bassoon waned during his early teenage years, as he gave way to sports (and probably girls, too?) but later on, he was reunited with his love.
And now that passion is ever-burning, breaking grounds for him. He made it all the way to playing professionally in orchestras in Germany, Sweden and now Denmark.
I interviewed him when he was nominated “Årets solist”, soloist of the year, a prestigious prize for young classical musicians in December 2015. Winning it meant that the winner’s music would dominate in Sweden’s classical radio station P2 and that the winner would be a soloist for Göterborgs symfoniker, among other perks.
And guess what? Sebastian Stevensson won! My heart swelled when I got a twitter message about his victory. My daughter remembers him now as the best bassoonist in Sweden. 🙂
As a journalist with cultural interest in Sigtuna kommun, I am happy to follow his career.
Here’s my article about him: “Han kan bli årets solist”