Bassoonist James (Jamie) Dodd is in his first year of training at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM). He’s excited to learn all he can from bassoonist Lyndon Watts and the other musicians at the Academy.
Jamie initially starting learning piano and then added the bassoon in 2010, studying with Queensland Symphony Orchestra Bassoonist, Evan Lewis. Jamie graduated from Brisbane State High School in 2018, where he participated in a wide range of music and sport extracurricular activities. While still at school, Jamie was fortunate to regularly perform with the Queensland Youth Symphony under John Curro, Queensland Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra, Australian Youth Orchestra, and occasionally with Ensemble Q and the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.
In August 2019, Jamie moved to Rochester, New York, after receiving a scholarship at the Eastman School of Music to study with Professor George Sakakeeny. However, the Covid-19 pandemic interrupted his studies in the USA, and he returned to Brisbane in 2020. Jamie transferred to the Queensland Conservatorium of Music to study with Queensland Symphony Orchestra Principal Bassoon Nicole Tait in 2021. Throughout 2021 Jamie was the bassoonist in Delma Winds, which continued his love and appreciation for chamber music.
In 2016, Jamie was runner up in the Intermediate and Senior sections of the Australian Double Reed Society Competition. In 2017 he won the Senior and Open sections of this competition, and in 2018 he placed second in the Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s Young Instrumentalist Prize.
Jamie hopes to continue his musical career both overseas and in Australia. Outside of playing the bassoon, Jamie enjoys cooking, cricket, and cycling. He plays social soccer and touch football, and resists the constant pressure to play basketball despite his height.
Photo credit Pia Johnson