Born in the Dutch town of Hengelo in 1955, Jos de Lange first obtained an honours degree in mathematics before going to Amsterdam to study bassoon with John Mostard. He took up the instrument at the age of nineteen after having played the clarinet for ten years. He says, ‘I chose the bassoon because it has the most beautiful sound imaginable. And it’s very similar to the sound of the human voice.’
De Lange has been a member of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra since 1982. In addition, he has always performed a great deal of chamber music with such ensembles as the Amsterdam Bach Soloists, the Viotta Ensemble and the Bommel Quartet. He can also be heard on dozens of chamber music CD recordings.
Jos de Lange teaches at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, in order to pass on to younger generations what he has learned over the years from extraordinary conductors and musicians.
Only once has he grudgingly attended a rehearsal, but he’d rather not say what piece it was for.