Gustavo Núñez (Montevideo, Uruguay, 1965), principal bassoon of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, is considered one of the best bassoonists of his generation. From the age of sixteen he studied with Kerry Camden at the Royal College of Music in London. From 1984 to 1988, he studied with Klaus Thunemann in his 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. The next year, 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 Amsterdam appointment in 1995.
Gustavo Núñez has recorded the important works for bassoon by Mozart, Vivaldi, Villa-Lobos, and Gubaidulina with orchestras including the Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra and the Academy of St-Martin-in-the-Fields.
Gustavo Nuñez is a teacher at the Robert Schumann Academy in Düsseldorf and the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía in Madrid and a regular guest teacher at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam.