Susan Durnin has an extremely diverse taste in music genres which is reflected in her wide range of solo repertoire. With works ranging from Vivaldi to Gubaidulina, her recitals consistently explore the history and possibilities of the bassoon. In 2006 she premiered Basusan a piece for unaccompanied bassoon written for her by Heidi Ugrin. In 2012, she forayed into electonic music, performing Draconids by Joshua Keeling at the Toronto Electroacoustic Symposium. Hooked on the new possibilities offered by the electronic medium, Ms. Durnin has commissioned a work for electric bassoon by Adam Vidiskis to be premiered in 2018.
An avid chamber musician, Ms. Durnin has performed in numerous ensembles ranging from trios to octets. Ms. Durnin is also a founding member of Das Fagott Mannschaft, a bassoon quartet whose eclectic repertoire consists of music from the Beatles to Toto to Nirvana, Michael Jackson to George Michael, and Lady Gaga to Nancy Sinatra. With creativity that cannot be contained in a typical symphony orchestra, DFM can be found pleasing bar crowds with something a little different. Ms. Durnin is the Director of Programming and co-founder of The Excelsior Ensemble. She also performs with a woodwind quintet. In 2007, Ms. Durnin was chosen to participate in the Burgos Chamber Music Festival.
Susan is currently the principal bassoonist of the Summerhill Orchestra and Toronto Sinfonietta. Susan Durnin is a has been principal bassoonist of numerous orchestras including The Sneak Peek Orchestra, The Winnipeg Youth Symphony and the University of Manitoba Symphony Orchestra. Since moving to Toronto in 2008, Ms. Durnin has performed in many ensembles including The Kitchener Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, The Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, The Niagara Symphony Orchestra, The Guelph Symphony Orchestra, The Sudbury Symphony Orchestra, The Korean Canadian Symphony Orchestra, The Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Orchestra, and The Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra. A former member of the Royal Conservatory Orchestra, Ms. Durnin was heard playing principal bassoon in the CBC broadcast of the Grand Opening of The Royal Conservatory of Music’s Koerner Hall in 2009.
Ms. Durnin completed her Artist Diploma in Orchestral Studies (2010), with Nadina Mackie Jackson, at the Glenn Gould School. She has a Bachelor Degree in Music Performance from the University of Manitoba (2007). Susan has studied with bassoonists Jim Ewen, Allen Harrington, Kathleen McLean and Michael Sweeney.