- ACPA Researcher
- historical practice performance, bassoon
Born in 1954 in the USA, Donna Agrell began her undergraduate studies at the University of Alaska and the University of Wisconsin in Madison. After attending the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague, she completed her bassoon studies with Jiri Stavicek at the Musik-Akademie in Basel in 1981, where her interest in period instruments led to a specialization in historical practice performance.
From 1980 to 1990, she was a member of Sigiswald Kuijken’s orchestra, La Petite Bande, and from 1990 until 2009, principal bassoonist of the Freiburger Barockorchester. Donna Agrell has been a member of The Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, since its founding in 1981 by Frans Brüggen and friends. Her recordings with these three orchestras number over one hundred. She has also performed in concerts and recordings with other period orchestras and ensembles, such as Bach Collegium Japan, La Cetra, Orchestra Libera Classica, Kammerorchester Basel, Bachstiftung St. Gallen, and Anima Eterna, and has worked with conductors Gustav Leonhardt, Philippe Herreweghe, Trevor Pinnock, Masaaki Suzuki, Nicholas McGegan, among others.
In addition to her positions as professor for historical bassoon at La Schola Cantorum Basiliensis and the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague, she regularly gives international master courses and workshops.