Christopher Brodersen


Contact Information

[email protected]


Northville, Michigan

Early Music Skills & Interests

Bassoon, Oboe, Shawm

Early Music Affiliations

Editor, Journalist, Performer, Writer


Christopher Brodersen (b. 1948), baroque oboe and baroque bassoon, pursued undergraduate and graduate degrees in music history, vocal performance and musicology at the University of Michigan and Wayne State University. In 1973 he began an apprenticeship with organ builder Klaus Becker; later he worked for harpsichord builder Martin Sassmann. Returning to the States in 1975, Chris took up the baroque oboe. Initially self-taught, he subsequently studied privately with Bruce Haynes, Stephen Hammer and Marc Schachman.

In addition to his musical activities, Chris is a builder of historical keyboard instruments (harpsichord, clavichord and fortepiano) and is active in music journalism. In the latter role he was the Review Editor of Continuo Magazine from 1995 to 1999, and in 2013 contributed 13 articles to the Second Edition of the Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments. Chris is on the staff of Fanfare Magazine, and is a frequent contributor to The Double Reed, the journal of the International Double Reed Society.


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