Ann Kosanovic Brown


Ann Kosanovic-Brown is the instructor of bassoon at Willamette University, and principal bassoonist with the Corvallis-OSU Symphony orchestra,  and the Portland Chamber Orchestra.

As the first female bassoonist to play with the Berlin Philharmonic (BPO), Kosanovic-Brown toured and performed with the BPO under Herbert Von Karajan, Sir Colin Davis, Zubin Mehta and Klaus Tennstedt. She has been guest principal bassoonist with the Seattle Symphony, Northwest Chamber Orchestra, Eugene Symphony, Tacoma Symphony, Juneau Symphony, Siletz Bay Music Festival and the Philharmonic Orchestra, Bavaria. Principal positions have included - Das Symphonie Orchester Berlin; Camerata Salzburg; Natal Philharmonic Orchestra, South Africa; Bellevue Philharmonic, Washington; Oregon Chamber Players; and the Linfield Chamber Orchestra. Other orchestras Ann has performed with- Mozarteum Orchestra, Salzburg; Deutsche Oper, Berlin; Seattle Opera; Pacific Northwest Ballet, Seattle; Honolulu Symphony and the Oregon Symphony. She was a founding member of the clarinet, bassoon, and piano trio Ensemble Vindobona, which performed a successful recital series at the Seattle Asian Art Museum for 7 years and were guest artists at Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Project in Seattle.

Additionally, Kosanovic-Brown has performed the Mozart Bassoon Concerto in Bavaria, conducted and invited by Franz Welser-Most. Other solo appearances include - Capella Salisburgenis in Salzburg and Vienna; Natal Philhamonic,  Durban, South Africa; Bravo Vancouver Orchestra, Washington; Rainier Symphony, Seattle; Philharmonia Northwest, Seattle; Roundtop Festival Orchestra, Texas; and the Corvallis-OSU Symphony. She recorded “Partita Concertante” a solo work for bassoon and winds commissioned for her by the Rainier Chamber Winds, Seattle. She has also made numerous solo bassoon recordings for radio broadcast for RIAS in Berlin and the SABC in South Africa. She was invited to perform in the Berliner Philharmonie under the direction of Sir Simon Rattle, for the 40th year celebration concert for the Berliner Philharmonic Academy.

Kosanovic-Brown completed her undergraduate studies at the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, and continued graduate studies at the University of Cincinnati, Hochschule Mozarteum and the Berliner Philharmonic Academy.

Faculty positions include- University of Natal, in Durban, South Africa and was the instructor of music minor bassoonists at the Oberlin Conservatory. She serves as a guest lecturer at George Fox University and was a member of the faculty at the Icicle Creek Summer Music Festival.  

Recently, Kosanovic-Brown was the soloist with the OSU Faculty Chamber concert performing "Dead Elvis"  by Michael Daugherty. She also performed "Agnus Dei" by Egil Hovland for the President's Concert with the OSU Chamber Choir and Carl Maria Von Weber's "Andante & Hungarian Rondo" in McMinnville, Oregon.  An active adjudicator and clinician, Ann also maintains a large private studio. She resides in Newberg with her husband and two sons.