Here are some of our Award recipients.


Please join us on September 24 for
New England Conservatory presents
Boston Double Reed Day

Please find more information on the event here.
Register for free here for a chance to win double reed prizes from some of our vendors

Location: New England Conservatory's St. Botolph Building and new Student Life and Performance Center (SLPC)
Double Reed Day Poster

Katarzyna M Rosenberg Katarzyna Zdybel-Nam, basson (left) and Michael Rosenberg, English Horn (right)


for the
2017 Matthew Ruggiero International Woodwind Competition

Sponsored by the Boston Woodwind Society,
through a gift of the Henderson Foundation

2017 Clarinet Competition
Single Prize: $10,000. To be announced
December 31, 2017
Video Deadline: May 31, 2017 at midnight
Eligibility: Clarinetists who have not reached their 35th birthday before May 31, 2017

Wenzel Fuchs, Berlin Philharmonic
Luis Rossi, Soloist, Chile
Gabor Varga, Hungarian Radio Orchestra
Yuan Yuan,, China Philharmonic
Stephen Williamson, Chicago Symphony

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Competition Rules/Details:

NOTE: Boston Woodwind Society may not be held responsible for applicant's inability to enter and submit required online application or to upload high-quality video recordings as required.

The Matthew Ruggiero International Woodwind Competition

Sponsored by the Boston Woodwind Society,
through a gift of the Henderson Foundation.

Katarzyna Zdybel-NamThe Boston Woodwind Society is pleased to announce and congratulate Katarzyna Zdybel-Nam of Poland, Winner of the 1st Matthew Ruggiero International Woodwind Competition for Bassoon including the prize of $10,000. The unanimous vote of six independent international judges world-wide followed three elimination rounds for this entirely online video-based competition. BWS received more than 50 applications from around the world. The BWS Board would like to congratulate all entrants for their fine performances.

The BWS would further like to recognize and thank the distinguished panel of judges, who all donated their services allowing BWS to maximize the prize for contestants:

  • Young Jin Choe, Principal Bassoon, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Thomas Novak, Provost, Dean, Interim President, New England Conservatory of Music
  • Richard Ranti, Associate Principal Bassoon, Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • Richard Svoboda, Principal Bassoon, Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • Takashi Yamakami, Secretary General Japan Bassoon Association
  • Giorgio Versiglia, Professor of Bassoon, Istituto Superiore di Studi Musicali
    "Gaetano Donizetti" (Bergamo, Italy)

Thanks are also due to BWS Board members Stephanie Busby and Jonathan Cohler, for their selfless and tireless efforts on behalf of this competition, to all BWS Board members for their year-round work, and especially to The Henderson Foundation for generously underwriting the prize for this 1st Matthew Ruggiero International Woodwind

Congratulations also to the three other Finalists

KyuSun Pyo KyuSun Pyo earned his Bachelor's and Master's of Music degrees at the Korean National University, winning prizes in numerous international competitions, including the Japan Winds and Percussion Competition and the DongA Music Competition. He has performed with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra and is currently the Principal bassoonist of the Korean Symphony Orchestra. In 2008, KyuSun perfomed the Weber Concerto with the Korean Symphony Orchestra and has taught bassoon and chamber music at the Korean National University.

Thomas SchneiderThomas Schneider joined the Richmond Symphony as Principal Bassoon in September of 2012. Before joining the RSO, Tom was a fellow for two years at the New World Symphony in Miami Beach under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas. Tom holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Oberlin Conservatory and a Master of Music degree from the University of Maryland. His primary teachers are Sue Heineman, George Sakakeeny, Yoshi Ishikawa, and Debbie Torpe. Tom has performed as guest principal bassoon with the Jacksonville and New Zealand Symphony Orchestras and guest co-principal with the Hong Kong Philharmonic. He has appeared at many of the country’s top festivals including the Tanglewood Music Center, National Orchestral Institute, National Repertory Orchestra, and the Sarasota Music Festival. Tom made his first solo appearance with the RSO in the fall of 2014 performing Peter Schickele’s Bassoon Concerto. Outside music, Tom loves to read, play soccer, and climb the beautiful mountains in his native Colorado.

Yen-Chen WuHailing from Tainan, Taiwan, Yen-Chen Wu began studying bassoon at the age of 9. In 2015, Wu became the first bassoonist to win the Serge & Olga Koussevitzky Young Artist Award for all woodwinds and brass instruments since 1983. In addition, Wu is distinguished as a recipient of many other prizes, including the first prize at the Tainan student competition, the first prize at the Taipei student competition, the winner of YSM chamber music competition, the third prize of National Concerto Competition of Taipei Wind Orchestra, the first prize of Concerto Competition of UT, and the first prize of Concerto Competition of TNGS. Wu has participated in master classes and has been invited to major music festivals where she has worked with Akio Koyama, Kim Walker, Daniel Matsukawa, Yoshi Ishikawa, HelomanJung, Patricia Rogers, Billy Short and Hanno Donneweg. After performing as a concerto soloist with University of Taipei and Taipei Wind Orchestra, she received Second Prize in the 2013 International Solo Competition of the Asian Double Reed Association. As a result, Wu performed the Weber composition Andante e Rondo Ungarese, Op.35 with the Taipei Symphony Orchestra. Wu’s concert activities have brought her to Japan, Thailand, Germany, Canada, and America. In addition to playing in her school orchestras, Wu performs with the Yale Philharmonic orchestra and is the principle bassoonist at both Tainan Symphony Orchestra and Taipei Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. Wu earned her bachelor’s degree at University of Taipei with Chia-Chu Hsu, her master’s degree with Frank Morelli at the Yale School of Music, and is now pursuing her doctoral degree with Frank Morelli at SUNY Stony Brook University.

Congratulations to our 2016 Merit Award Competition Winners

Thank you to all who attended our 2015 Double Reed Day at New England Conservatory.

Photos by Matthew Goldman

View more photos here.

Congratulations to all our 2015 Merit Award winners,

Congratulations to honorable mention winners, Kenta Akaogi and Mark Debski.


We are proud to have hosted a masterclass with the Breaking Winds Bassoon Quartet for BYSO students on April 19, 2015.

We are pleased to announce a special concurrent premiere project for Andrew List's new piece, Journey Toward the Eternal Flame. This exciting new work is dedicated to BWS founder, Matthew Ruggiero. Videos of the premiere performance of this work are posted at:

Up From the Depths
Journey to the High Mountain
Life Dance

If you are interested in information about how you may perform this new work please see this letter from the composer and the registration form.

The Boston Double Reed Day took place on October 5, 2014. View photos of the event here.

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