David A. Wells is a bassoonist, teacher, and music scholar based in Northern California. He teaches primarily at California State University, Sacramento; plays with Sacramento Choral Society & Orchestra, Townsend Opera, the Merced Symphony, and the swing quintet Hot Club Faux Gitane; and serves as Director of Operations for the Meg Quigley Vivaldi Competition and Bassoon Symposium. For more, please see the Biography, Performances, and Journal pages.


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  • Spring Recitals - This spring, I’ve finally got­ten my act together enough to give nearly back-to-back recitals at CSU Stanis­laus and Sacra­mento State. The two pro­grams are very sim­i­lar, and fea­ture French music from the 1930s and ‘40s. I’ll be play­ing two pieces for bas­soon and piano, both con­cours pieces from the Paris Con­ser­va­toire: Gabriel Pierné’s Prélude de Con­cert sur un thème de Pur­cell, Op.53 and Henri Dutilleux’s Sara­bande et Cortège. At CSU Stanis­laus, these will be accom­pa­nied by Eugène Bozza’s Sonatine… (Read more) for flute and bas­soon.



  • Audio recordings of Georg Philipp Telemann's Fantasy No. 1 in C Major and Philippe Hersant's Hopi for bassoon alone, both from the 2012 Meg Quigley Vivaldi Competition and Bassoon Symposium.