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A headshot of Aaron Goler with a bassoon

Aaron Goler

 A lifelong lover of languages, bassoonist Aaron Goler approaches early music with rhetorical élan and sprezzatura. Aaron has produced the first complete English translations of several musical treatises, published scholarly editions of forgotten musical works, and has performed with ensembles across North America and Europe including Les Arts Florissants, Concerto Köln, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Arion Baroque Orchestra, and Boston Baroque.

 Aaron began his bassoonery at age 9 with lessons from his father. He went on to study bassoon and contrabassoon performance at the University of Minnesota and McGill University. He first played a historical 8-key bassoon while researching the music of François Devienne at l’Université de Montréal. Its expressive vocality was instantly mesmerizing, and he’s been hooked on historical instruments ever since. Aaron holds a master's in historical performance from The Juilliard School and continues to climb his way back up the bassoon’s ancestral tree—most recently taking up dulcian and recorder.

 For Aaron, historical musicianship is about more than just playing on instruments; it also means playing with them. From hand-making reeds for his myriad bassoons to revoicing harpsichord plectra, he loves getting hands-on with the technical side of instruments. His zeal for the recondite also extends to scholarly and practical explorations of unequal temperaments. Aaron tunes harpsichords and fortepianos professionally in New York City and dreams of someday building his own clavichord from scratch.

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