Born in Padua, Italy, C. Colombo studied in Milano (E. Dall’Oca), Geneva (R. Birnstingl) and Amsterdam (B. Pollard). He has served as principal bassoonist of the Lyon National Opera Orchestra since its inception in 1983. From 1978 to 1981 he was Principal Bassoonist of the ensemble “I Solisti Veneti” and has performed as guest principal bassoonist with many European orchestras including the Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, the NDR Orchestra in Hamburg, the Orchestre de Paris, and the Bayerische Staatsoper under the baton of conductors like L. Bernstein, R. Muti, R. Chailly, A. Dorati, P. Herrewege, Sir N. Marriner, M. Corboz, S. Bychkov, K. Nagano, I. Fischer, K. Masur and L. Maazel. His interest in original instruments led him to start playing with the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique conducted by Sir J. E. Gardiner. He has been member of the “Maurice Bourgue” Wind Ensemble, faculty member of the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Lyon since 2001. C. Colombo joined the faculty at the Lausanne Conservatory in Switzerland in 2005 and he was a guest professor at Indiana University and the Oberlin Conservatory. He has been editing neglected pieces of the bassoon repertoire for Billaudot and Accolade.