− The greatest joy in my work as a musician, is to express through sound that which would have been impossible to express through words.Roman Reznik
Roman Reznik was born and grew up in the city of Kharkiv in the Ukraine. Becoming a musician did not cross his mind until he was eleven years old.
− At that time I switched from playing the cello, which I didn’t really enjoy playing, to the bassoon. From that point onwards it became my goal to become a professional musician.
− Roman studied music in Kharkiv, Vienna, Berlin and Basel. During his studies he was for a time Principal Bassoon player in Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, led by Claudio Abbado. He also names another legendary conductor as his greatest source of inspiration:
− The person who has had the greatest influence on me is probably the conductor Carlos Kleiber. He is considered by many as being the best conductor who has ever lived. Another great musician I have learned a lot from, is the bassoonist Sergio Azzolini, my teacher in Basel. I consider him to be one of the best musicians of our time.
− The sound has a much deeper meaning
He was engaged as Co-Principal Bassoonist by the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra in 2009, and in 2012 he made his debut as a soloist with the orchestra. His greatest experiences with the orchestra so far have been concerts with conductors Kirill Petrenko, Herbert Blomstedt and Kent Nagano.
− The greatest joy in my work as a musician, is to express through sound that which would have been impossible to express through words.
It is Baroque music which lies closest to Roman’s heart, especially Vivaldi and Bach. The bassoonist believes that the best music experiences happen when the listener’s imagination is activated:
− All the sounds musicians produce don’t only result in sound, but have a much deeper meaning, and by using one’s imagination one can have an even greater concert experience.
When Roman isn’t playing, he likes to travel as much as possible.