Susan Durnin’s extremely diverse taste in music genres is reflected in her wide range of solo repertoire, ensembles and musical adaptability. With works ranging from Vivaldi to Gubaidulina, her recitals consistently explore the history and possibilities of the bassoon. In 2006 she premiered Basusan a piece for unaccompanied bassoon written for her by Heidi Ugrin. In 2012, she explored the world of electronics when performing Draconids by Joshua Keeling, at the Toronto Electroacoustic Symposium. She is currently preparing to premiere a work for electric bassoon by Adam Vidiskis.
Ms. Durnin is the Director of Programming and co-founder of The Excelsior Ensemble. She is also a founding member of The bassoon quartet Das Fagott Mannschaft, whose eclectic repertoire consists of music from Bach to the Beatles, and Nina Simone to Michael Jackson. An avid chamber musician, she has performed in numerous ensembles ranging from trios to octets. Ms. Durnin was chosen to participate in the 2007 Burgos Chamber Music Festival.
Ms. Durnin is principal bassoonist of Toronto Sinfonietta and Summerhill Orchestra. Since moving to Toronto, Ms. Durnin has performed in many ensembles including The Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, The Kitchener Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, The Sudbury Symphony Orchestra, and The Niagara Symphony Orchestra. A former member of the Royal Conservatory Orchestra, Ms. Durnin was heard playing principal bassoon in the CBC broadcast of the Grand Opening of The Royal Conservatory of Music’s Koerner Hall (2009).
Ms. Durnin completed her Artist Diploma in Orchestral Studies (2010) at The Glenn Gould School. She has a Bachelor Degree in Music Performance from the University of Manitoba (2007). Susan has studied with bassoonists Jim Ewen, Allen Harrington, Kathleen McLean and Nadina Mackie Jackson.