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Vincent Godel was born in Geneva. After obtaining a classical maturity, he went to study bassoon with Kim Walker at Indiana University in Bloomington and obtained a Performer Diploma in 1999. Upon his return to Geneva, he studied at the Conservatory of Music with Daniele Damiano, obtaining a First Prize for virtuosity and a teaching diploma in 2001, then with Afonso Venturieri for his orchestral musician diploma in 2003.
In 2003, he was hired by the Orchestra of the Italian-speaking Switzerland in Lugano, where he held the position of bassoon soloist until 2015, when he joined the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande in his home town.
He has recorded numerous pieces for radio as a soloist (Concerti by Vivaldi, Villa-Lobos, Rossini) or in chamber music (Janacek's concertino with Marta Argerich in 2008, EMI disc).
He regularly teaches and gives masterclasses, especially in South America. He currently teaches contrabassoon at the Haute école de musique de Genève. Parallel to his musical career, he obtained a Master's degree in economics in 2003 at the University of Geneva.