Gretha Tuls was born in Enschede, The Netherlands (1984) where she was taught the bassoon by Hannie Kruijt. She studied at the Royal Conservatoire in the Hague with Johan Steinmann, Prof. Gustavo Núñez, Dorian Cooke (bachelor degree) and continued her studies at the Musikhochschule in Mannheim with Prof. Ole Kristian T. Dahl.
As a freelancer she has worked in different European countries with orchestras and ensembles like the Rundfunk Sinfonie Orchester Berlin, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Radio Philharmonic Orchestra (NL), Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Opera de Rouen, Asko-Schönberg Ensemble, and Netherlands Wind Ensemble.
She has won several prizes in different competitions: the Prinses Christina Concours (NL), young music talent of the year (NL) and the German Musikhochschule competition.
In 2006 she substituted for principal bassoon in the Norrköpings Symphony Orchestra (Sweden) for six months. In 2010 she became principal bassoon of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and shortly after started working with Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. Since 2014 she is principal bassoon of the Hallé orchestra. She has also done guest work in the LSO, LPO, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and Klangforum Wien.
Gretha is tutor at the Birmingham Conservatoire and the Royal Northern College of Music.
One of Gretha’s favourite experiences with BCMG to date was performing the European premiere performances of Gerald Barry’s The Importance of Being Earnest in London and Birmingham in April 2012. It was so exciting and on the edge, requiring her to surrender completely, not knowing what would happen!