Lorelei Dowling, bassoonist and contra bassoonist, is a world-renowned contemporary specialist. Since winning a position in the Sydney Symphony Orchestra aged 24, she has appeared with many esteemed ensembles including Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Mozarteum Orchestra, Orchester-RSO Wien, Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, Ensemble Modern, Esbjerg Ensemble, Musikfabrik, Lausanne, and Munich Chamber Orchestras.
In addition to premiering the Jolivet Bassoon Concerto with a major Australian orchestra, she was the first bassoonist to play Sequenza XII by Luciano Berio in Spain, Singapore, Hong Kong and Russia. Since 1994, Lorelei Dowling has been the bassoon player of Klangforum Wien.
She is also a member of the all amplified bassoon quartet “The Lindsay Cooper Quartet” which focuses only on new music, improvisations and their own compositions.
Lorelei has given lecture-recitals all over the world, most notably at the Manhattan School of Music; Moscow Conservatorium; Singapore University; Venice Conservatoire; Porto School of Music, Portugal; Paris Conservatoire; 10 year celebration for The Bassoonion, Hong Kong; Royal Northern College of Music and for the International Double Reed Society in Ithaca, Wisconsin and Birmingham. In 2010 she was the international guest bassoonist at the British Double Reed Society convention. Since 2013, Dowling is the bassoon instrumental lecturer for the Masters in Composition at Katarina Gurska Centre for Music, Madrid.
Her CD “I was like WOW” has been compiled from studio and live recordings and was released in 2017. In 2018, Dowling began her Dr. Artium studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz, Austria. The same year she joined the Faculty of the Lucerne Festival Academy.