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Jaakko Luoma

Finnish bassoonist Jaakko Luoma. He began his bassoon studies when he was 11 with Matti Tossavainen at the Lohja Music Institute. In 1992, he went on to the Sibelius Academy, first with László Hara and then with Jussi Särkkä. He has also attended several master classes. He was appointed Assisting Principal of the bassoons of the Tapiola Sinfonietta in 1993. Two years later he went to study at the Paris Conservatoire, but in January 1996 he was chosen as principal bassoon of the Orchestre de Paris. In 1998 he left the Paris orchestra and returned to the Tapiola Sinfonietta. In 2001, Luoma was chosen the principal bassoon in the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra. Two years later Luoma returned back to Finland and rejoined the Tapiola Sinfonietta as principal bassoonist.
He is a founding member of the bassoon trio the Vital Bassoon. In 2001 the Crusell society in Uusikaupunki awarded him the Crusell prize for the promotion of Finnish wind playing in Finland and abroad.

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