Ronan Whittern

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Tell us a little bit about yourself and your life. Not necessarily music-related!

I’m Ronan, I’m from Ireland, and I play bassoon. Outside of playing bassoon (and making reeds!), I spend my time taking photographs with old film cameras, and making music with modular synths.

How did you first get into music?

I started playing music in my local town band, as my parents finally bought me a trumpet after years of nagging! I haven’t stopped since then.

What made you decide that music would be an important part of your life?

Music has always been the most important part of my life. A life without music isn’t worth it for me!

What has been your musical highlight so far?

My most recent musical highlight has probably been performing alongside the Ensemble Modern as part of a live radio broadcast on Austrian National Radio.

Who are your favourite composers/artists/musicians?

My top most played artists at the moment are John Coltrane, Gubaidulina, Mendelssohn, Mehliana, and clippping.

What do you anticipate for the Nevis Ensemble?

I am really looking forward to working with the Nevis Ensemble, and anticipate that the project will have a hugely positive effect on the music scene in Scotland for years to come