Hans Ploder (1927-2011) was born in Bruck an der Mur in Austria. He studied at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz where, for a few years, he performed with the Radio Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Opera. Following the encouragement of fellow Austrians working in Iceland, principally Páll Pampichler Pálsson and Franz Mixa, Hans Ploder came to Iceland on February 1st in 1952 where he took the position of Principal Bassoon with the newly founded Iceland Symphony Orchestra (1950). He remained working in the orchestra until retirement in 1991.
Hans Ploder premiered a concerto for bassoon by Páll Pampichler Pálsson with the ISO which was broadcast on the radio by the National Broadcasting Service in 1961. The NBS also recorded his playing with the orchestra in the Gordon Jacob Bassoon Concerto. Besides playing with the orchestra, Ploder led an active career as a freelance musician and educator. He conducted the Hafnarfjordur Wind Band for 30 years, taught at the Music School of Seltjarnarnes from its early years, and was a founding member of the Reykjavik Chamber Orchestra. He was an educational trailblazer in his work with school bands and an efficient arranger for bands.