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Stanley Kaye-Smith - Bassoon

Biography

Stanley Kaye-Smith was born in Cambridge in November 1994 and his musical journey began at the age of 12.  Initially pursuing studies on the Clarinet, Stanley took up the Bassoon some months later, after discovering that the Head of Music at his school had a disused one in her attic.  He has since had a life-long passion for the instrument, using it in many different contexts.

Stanley studied Bassoon under conductor and multi-instrumentalist Pete Harrison at Wells Cathedral School between 2009 and 2013, before going on to study at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama under the tutelage of Meyrick Alexander & Steve Marsden (Bassoon), and Christopher Vale & David Buckland (Contrabassoon).  Stanley graduated with first class honours in 2017 and was the recipient of the Double Reed Prize in 2014 and 2016, and the Ernest and Doris Haigh Memorial Award in 2017.

Stanley's concert repertoire includes: Isang Yun’s Monolog, Philippe Hersant’s HOPI and Niggun, Olav Berg’s Vertigo, Taira’s Monodrame II, Dai Fujikura’s Calling, and Berio’s Sequenza XII.  He has worked with composers such as Roxanna Panufnik, Philippe Schoeller, Edwin Roxburgh, Peter Maxwell Davies and Cardiff University’s own Dr. Gareth Churchill.  Stanley has an avid interest in contemporary music and has had many pieces written specifically for him over the past 7 years.  He aspires to promote the Bassoon and Contrabassoon as instruments, and present them in radical settings.

Stanley is in the early stages of his professional career, working frequently with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and as a freelancer.