Brock Imison, bassoon
Born in Brisbane, Brock began his study of the bassoon at age 13. In 1994 he joined the QLD Conservatorium Music School before beginning his undergraduate studies there in 1997.
Brock has appeared with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonic, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, Melbourne Baroque Orchestra, Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra and as the Principal contrabassoonist with the Australian World Orchestra.
During 2001-2002 Brock took up an Acting bassoon/contrabassoon position with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra before moving to Sydney after accepting an Acting bassoon position with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in 2003. In 2004, Brock won the position of Principal contrabassoonist with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra which he currently still holds.
Since his appointment with the Melbourne Symphony, Brock has been working to improve the profile of the contrabassoon to musicians and audiences alike. In July 2007 Brock gave the Australian premiere of Gunther Schuller’s Concerto for contrabassoon with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra as part of the final of the 2007 Symphony Australia Young performer of the year awards. In 2008, he toured as soloist with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, performing his own transcription of Weber’s bassoon Concerto for the contrabassoon.
Brock has a growing collection of bassoons (13 to date) which he enjoys playing in various modern and historically based ensembles and is a founding member of Unholy Rackett, a group specialising in music for curtals and racketts from the renaissance and early baroque. He also performs regularly with historical ensembles: Pinchgut Opera, the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Genesis Baroque, Orchestra of the Antipodes, the Australian Haydn ensemble and the Australian classical and Romantic orchetsra.