Mavroudes Troullos: Coloring the Notes: Informed performance and extended techniques for contemporary European music for Bassoon, written from the 1950s until today.

Doctoral Project

Mavroudes Troullos, PhD in the Arts

Based on my academic and professional experience as a Bassoonist, I have realized that there is a lack of artistic and technical skills when it comes to performing contemporary music written for bassoon even among graduate students and professionals, mainly because of their limited exposure to such works.  More specifically, bassoonists tend to be unfamiliar with such music, as there is a lack of comprehensive sources and databases of contemporary works written for bassoon, and the number of pertinent recitals and recordings is very limited.  Many significant contemporary pieces for bassoon remain in obscurity and deserve to be brought to light.  Well informed performances of this repertoire, including an analysis of extended techniques, will help the majority of my fellow instrumentalists and the public to become more familiar with this music


  • Dr. Carl Van Eyndhoven (supervisor, KU Leuven/LUCA)
  • Mr. Bert Helsen (co-supervisor, LUCA)

Research unit: Music & Drama

Duration: 2019 - 2027

Publicaties en realisaties

The Nutcracker - Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy (P.I.Tchaikovsky) - Bassoon and harp


Philippe Hersant, inspired by the lamento of Tecmessa for the death of Aias, one of the oldest melodies that have come down to us, wrote a beautiful composition for solo bassoon. I feel very honoured to have this work dedicated to me. Special thanks to my dear friend Rudi Van Poele for the video and sound production.