Judith Farmer enjoys a rich and varied career as a chamber musician,
orchestra musician, soloist and teacher. She received her education at
Indiana University and at the Hochschule fuer Musik in Vienna. From
1984-1996 she was principal bassoonist of the Austrian Radio Symphony
Orchestra, performed and toured regularly with the Camerata Academica
Salzburg under Sandor Vegh and with numerous chamber music ensembles in
Vienna. Ms. Farmer has appeared as a soloist in the U.S. and in
Europe, including the Salzburg Festival, and has participated in chamber
music festivals in Prussia Cove (UK), Marthas Vineyard (MA), Salem
(NY), La Jolla (CA), Oaxaca (Mexico), Beverly Hills (CA) and Garth Newel
(VA). For the 1995-96 season she held the position of visiting
professor at the Hochschule fuer Musik in Graz, Austria. She has also
taught at the International Mozart Academy in Prague, the Chautauqua
Music Festival and the Henry Mancini Institute.
In 1996 Ms. Farmer moved to Los Angeles and since then has
performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic - including as guest
associate principal in spring of 2009 - as well as for over 100 major
motion pictures. She is currently principal bassoonist of the Santa
Barbara Chamber Orchestra, a member of the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra
and the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra.
Judith Farmer teaches bassoon at the University of Southern
California. She is an avid chamber musician, who enjoys collaborating
with composers on new works and has had a number of works written and
dedicated to her. Her recordings as a soloist and chamber musician are
available on Albany, Ex-House and Orfeo Records.
Critics have described bassoonist Judith Farmer's playing as
"impeccable" (American Record Guide), "masterly" (Fanfare Magazine) and
"brilliant" (Kronenzeitung, Austria). Barnaby Rayfield also noted in the
July/August 2011 issue of Fanfare Magazine: " ... the playing on
[composer Gernot Wolfgang's CD Short Stories] is uniformly excellent,
especially from Judith Farmer on bassoon, finding expressive extremes of
that instrument I didn't think possible."