Biography

Theresa Koenig is dedicated to creating bridges between the music of the past and our present time. A drive to see things differently and challenge the status quo led her to the bassoon, and then eventually into early music. Dr. Koenig became intrigued by the bassoon when told it was the most challenging wind instrument to master. In researching this daunting instrument, the 11-year-old Theresa found two books about the bassoon written in the 1970s; these books solidified her resolve to master the instrument as they suggested that women should not play the bassoon. Deciding one was not enough; in 2010, Dr. Koenig began her journey performing historical bassoons and dabbled in shawms, dulcians, and recorders. Her focus is now on Dulcians, Baroque, Classical, and Romantic bassoons. Dr. Koenig further complicated her life by moving to Germany in 2014, deciding in 2015 to settle in Cologne.

Dr. Koenig has performed with many different early music groups. She has received accolades for her playing by people worth mentioning. She spends many hours playing music by dead composers in poorly heated churches, and sometimes gets lucky and performs in well heated spaces. Completely over educated, Dr Koenig has a bachelors, masters, and doctorate in Bassoon, studying with Kim Walker and Marc Vallon, at Indiana University and University of Wisconsin-Madison respectively. Additionally, she studied with Michael McCraw on bassoons and recorders and Györgyi Farkas on bassoons. Most recently she completed Post-Doctorate Master’s in Early Music at the Universität der Künste Berlin, studying with Christian Beuse.