January 23, 3pm EST (US), 8pm GMT (UK)

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"May I Have This Dance?"

Each piece is inspired by dance and originally written for an instrument other than bassoon.


Astor Piazzolla

Tango Etude No. 3 (originally for flute)

Gilles Silvestrini

Le Ballet Espagnol (originally for oboe)

Johann Sebastian Bach

Sarabande & Gigue from Cello Suite in G Major (originally for cello, performed on contrabassoon)

Paul Bonneau

Caprice en Forme de Valse (originally for saxophone)

About the artist

Cornelia Sommer is a bassoonist, arranger, and educator dedicated to sharing music with diverse audiences and expanding the bassoon’s repertoire. Originally from Seattle, she is now based in New York City where she is a doctoral candidate at The Juilliard School. Her research focuses on music inspired by fairy tales, exploring the connection between the universal narratives embedded in the tales and the unique ways in which music conveys those narratives.


A versatile performer, Cornelia frequently plays orchestral, chamber music, and solo concerts. She has been a member of the International Chamber Orchestra of Puerto Rico since 2017, and she has regularly appeared with the Seattle Symphony, New World Symphony, and, on historical instruments, American Bach Soloists and Juilliard415. In the summer, you might find her playing bassoon quartets in Central Park.


Cornelia actively seeks to expand the bassoon’s repertoire through her collaborations with composers and her own arrangements. She will soon record her first album, New Enchantments: Fairy Tale Music for Bassoon, which will include three of her own arrangements and three commissions by composers Max Grafe, Sato Matsui, and Ivan Rodriguez.


An experienced educator, Cornelia teaches and tutors bassoon, piano, music history, music theory, and writing. She currently teaches privately and as a Teaching Fellow in music history and arts education at Juilliard. A graduate of Yale University (M.M.) and Indiana University (B.M.), Cornelia has studied bassoon with Frank Morelli, Kathleen McLean, William Ludwig, and Francine Peterson, and baroque bassoon with Dominic Teresi. Connect with Cornelia at


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