Sergio Azzolini was born in 1967 in Bolzano, Italy. He first studied bassoon with Romano Santi at the Claudio Monteverdi Conservatory in his home town and went on to further studies with Klaus Thunemann at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hanover. Among the numerous awards that Sergio Azzolini has received can be mentioned those from the “Carl Maria von Weber”, “Prague Spring” and “ARD” Munich compétitions. As a baroque bassoon player he is a member of the Ensemble Baroque de Limoges and appears regularly as soloist with L’Aura Soave Cremona, Sonatori della Gioiosa Marca and La Stravaganza Köln. Since 1998 he has held the post of professor of bassoon and chamber music at the Hochschule für Musik in Basel.