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Genovia Bassoon Quartet

Genovia Bassoon Quartet

....fabulous...such a pleasure to see performers who demonstrate such joy in what they do. That transmits to the audience and I cannot imagine there was a single person who did not leave the concert uplifted and with a smile on their face. You should be available on the NHS!

Raymond Williamson, Westbourne Music Society

a wonderful concert...certainly delivered on their promise to take us on a whirlwind musical tour!...a variety of pieces...demonstrated how amazingly versatile the bassoon can be...truly talented musicians.

Friends of St Conan's Kirk

Quartet - Instrumental


  • Gillian Horn - Bassoon
  • Victoria López - Bassoon
  • Rhiannon Carmichael - Bassoon/Contrabassoon
  • Greg Crowley - Bassoon


Always endeavouring to explore many styles of music, every performance from the Genovia Quartet is unique and can be tailored to suit a variety of platforms. Whether you favour baroque, contemporary classical, or perhaps some jazz, folk and free improvisation, this quartet will take you on a whirlwind musical adventure.

Ol' man river

Waltz from Swan Lake

Prelude to La Traviata

Suite from Peer Gynt

Funny Bunny Hug

Huckleberry Duck

New Year's Eve in a Haunted House

Bassoonist's Holiday


The Genovia Quartet is a dynamic young bassoon ensemble formed of four graduates of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. From their first performance together in 2015, this quartet has had a strong musical bond and close friendship which translates into exciting and spirited performances.

The quartet clearly has four distinctive voices which they often use to represent the different sections of the orchestra, yet they will snap back to a unique blend of sound instantly when required. Putting their own stamp on even the most iconic of works allows the quartet to adapt to suit any occasion - be it traditional concert platforms, educational workshops or corporate social events.

Whilst students at the Conservatoire, the Genovia Quartet were awarded Highly Commended at the Governor's Recital Prize for Chamber Music and subsequently received a highly coveted accolade - the Mary D Adams Prize for achievement in Chamber Music (2017). Notable performance venues include Leeds College of Music, the Merchant's House of Glasgow, Usher Hall (Edinburgh) and Glasgow's West End Festival where they have been invited back three years consecutively (2017-19).

In 2018, the Genovia Quartet were invited to perform at the prestigious International Double Reed Society Conference in Granada, Spain. Their recital included premières of some of their own arrangements alongside the Spanish première of 'Pato, Pato!' - a Genovia commission from Italian composer Raffaele de Giacometti.

In February 2020, the Genovia Quartet collaborated with Jackdaws's Music Education Trust, and travelled to Somerset to feature 'The Year of the Bassoon 2020', visiting a total of 15 different schools around the County to deliver music workshops and performances.

Outwith the quartet, members of the group have performed and toured with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Ballet Orchestra among others. Keen teachers and educators, they also enjoy coaching young bassoonists as well as larger ensembles.

The Genovia Quartet are represented by Live Music Now Scotland and Classical Musicians Scotland.