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Tristan Lambert

dulcian, shawm

Bassoonist Tristan Lambert performs regularly with leading period instrument ensembles across the United Kingdom. Originally from Vancouver, Canada, Tristan gained his passion for bassoon playing at a very young age from an old performance of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf. Today, it is his passion for the accuracy of performance practice within traditional historical contexts that currently influences his performance career.


In 2020, Tristan completed a second masters degree in historical performance at the Royal College of Music in London under the instruction of Wouter Verschuren, principal bassoon of the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, where he was a Neville Wathen Scholarship holder and recipient of an RCM Patron’s Award. Prior to this, he received Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees from the University of British Columbia, Canada, where he studied modern bassoon with Professor Jesse Read, and National Art’s Centre Principal Bassoonist, Christopher Millard.


In mid 2020, Tristan started working with Double Reed Ltd. in Wales, specialising in bassoon repair and restoration. While mainly working on modern instruments, Tristan is regularly asked to restore historical bassoon reproductions as well as some rare original instruments. It is this experience in instrument handling and restoration that allows Tristan regular opportunity to examine and play original instruments from the baroque and classical periods. Most recently, those owned by one of the UK’s most influential bassoonists William Waterhouse, care of the Waterhouse Bassoons Collection.

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