Paolo Dutto is the recently appointed Principal Contrabassoonist with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

Born in Cuneo in 1979, Paolo graduated from the local conservatory having studied with Professor Stefano Audisio. He continued his education at the “Fiesole Music School” as a member of the Italian Youth Orchestra, studying with musicians such as Giampaolo Pretto and Marco Postinghel, and at the Turin conservatory, where he was awarded a Bachelor degree, with a specialization in bassoon (Professor Claudio Gonella). He also participated in several bassoon master classes held by Andrea Azzi (principal bassoon of the “Teatro Regio” in Turin), Valentino Zucchiatti (principal bassoon of the “Teatro Alla Scala” in Milan) and Roberto Giaccaglia (principal bassoon of the “BBC Philharmonic Orchestra”), and in contrabassoon with Gabriele Screpis (principal bassoon of the “Teatro Alla Scala”).

From 2005 to 2010 he held the role of contrabassoon of the “Luigi Cherubini” Youth Orchestra, founded and directed by Riccardo Muti.

Paolo has worked with orchestras including the Mahler Chamber Orchestra (as contrabassoonist), Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai, Orchestra Sinfonica del Teatro “Alla Scala” in Milan, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Spira Mirabilis Project, Camerata of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Wiener Concertverein, Filarmonica “ArturoToscanini” in Parma, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano “La Verdi”, Orchestra del Teatro”La Fenice” in Venice, Orchestra del Teatro Regio” in Turin, mdi ensemble, under the baton of conductors such as Antonio Pappano, Riccardo Muti, Jurij Temirkanov, Riccardo Chailly, Daniel Harding, Valery Gergiev, Daniele Gatti, Gianandrea Noseda and Yutaka Sado.

Often involved in chamber music projects, he is one of the founding members of the “Sinestesia” woodwind quintet.