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Mauricio Paez, (bassoonist)  Born in Costa Rica, one of the most versatile Israeli musicians, as a concert artist, chamber music player and a teacher, his students hold positions in many major orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic.

Mr. Paez is a founding member of the New Israeli Woodwind Quintet, and founder of the Israel Chamber Orchestra Wind Ensemble, holds the principal bassoon position of the Israel Chamber Orchestra. He is Bassoon Teacher and Head of the Wind and Percussion Division at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance.

Mr. Paez has appeared as a soloist with the Israel Philharmonic, the Israel Chamber Orchestra, Bogota Philharmonic, the National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica, Belgrade Philharmonic, The Israel-Camerata Jerusalem with whom he has toured internationally since 1998.

At the age of 17, he was offered the principal bassoon position at the National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica. Since then he has held principal positions with the Israel Sinfonietta, the Israel Camerata-Jerusalem, as Guest Principal with the Israel Philharmonic and as Principal Bassoonist at the New Israeli Opera (Rishon LeZion Orchestra), playing under the batons of conductors such as Lorin Maazel, Yoel Levy, Valery Gergiev, Zubin Mehta, Claudio Abbado.