Gustavo Núñez received violin lessons at the age of five. His true passion, however, has been since 1976 the instrument his father played in Venezuela.
From the age of 16 he studied with Kerry Camden at London’s Royal College of Music. Later, between 1984 and 1988, he was a student in Prof. Klaus Thunemann’s prestigious class in Hanover, Germany. Still a student, Gustavo Núñez was awarded the “Prix Suisse” at the International Competition in Geneva and won the Carl Maria von Weber Price in Munich, both in 1987. In 1988 he played at the Opera House in Darmstadt and from 1989 he was principal Bassoon with the Bamberg Symphony, where he remained until his Concertgebouw appointment in 1995.
CD recordings with works by Mozart, Vivaldi, Devienne, Villa-Lobos or Gubaidulina, in collaboration with the Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra and the Academy-or-St-Martin-in-the-Fields are available on Channel Classics and Pentatone.
In addition to his activity with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Gustavo Núñez is a professor at the Robert Schumann Hochschule in Düsseldorf and at the Escuela Superior Reina Sofía in Madrid.