Copenhagen OPERA HOUSE
Ekvipagemestervej 10 • DK-1438 Copenhagen K
List of all artists and lecturers who participated in the convention by doing recitals, master classes, seminars, performing at venues etc.
Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra,
Studies with F Lipa and K Stoll
Member of Gothenburg Symphony since 1984, assistant principal since 1986. Teaches at Gothenburg University, Academy of Music and Drama
Composer, works including 3 Bass Quartets.
Prof. - University of Texas-Pan American,
George Amorim is Professor of Double Bass at the University of Texas-Pan American in Texas. Previously he served the University of North Texas as assistant to the world-renowned performer and pedagogue Jeff Bradetich.
His performances have taken him to Europe and across Central, South and North America in addition to orchestral credentials that include memberships with the Paraná State and Recife Symphony Orchestras in Brazil and, since 2003, the Santo Domingo Music Festival Orchestra under Phillip Entremont.
George presented masterclasses in the US, Canada, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Brazil and has been featured at the International Society of Bassists Convention and at the Chicago Bass Festival.
George directs the ¡Viva el Bajo!, as organization that promotes the double bass in Texas and Northern Mexico. George spends his summers teaching and performing at the Pan American Music Festival, the Abilene Summer Music Festival and the Pan American Double Bass Summer Institute.
Born in Norway October 27 -1945. He has been one of Europe’s leading bass player since the early 70-ties. Andersen started out as a member of Jan Garbarek Quartet (67-73). The group also included Terje Rypdal and Jon Christensen. In the same period he played in the local rhythm section in Oslo for visiting American musicians. He worked and recorded with Don Cherry, George Russell and Sam Rivers during this years. He recorded 17 albums in his own name for ECM. Bill Frisell, Ralph Towner, Nana Vasconcelos, Paul Motian, Alphonze Mouzon, Kenny Wheeler, John Taylor are among the great musicians that can be heard on some of these albums.
1982-92 his band “Masqualero” included Nils Petter Molvaer and Jon Christensen. In the 90-ties his band included Bendik Hofseth, Bugge Wesseltoft, Eivind Aarset and Nana Vasconcelos. He has played and toured with: John Abercrombie, Stan Getz, Pat Metheny, Paul Bley, John Scofield, Sheila Jordan, among others. In 2005 he was “Artist in Resident “ at The Molde International Jazzfestival His latest album for ECM is “Live at Belleville“ with Tommy Smith sax and Paolo Vinaccia drums. This cd has received raving reviews around the world. He received “ Jazz Musician of the year 2008 “ from Academie du Jazz in France.
Darija Andzakovic holds master's degrees in both double bass performance and musicology from the University of Auckland, New Zealand. She was a member of the NZ Youth Orchestra from 2005 to 2007. In 2009 she was a semi-finalist in the Gisborne International Music Competition and received a Summer Research Scholarship from the National Institute of Creative Arts and Industries to assist Dr Allan Badley with his work on Leopold Hofmann.
Andzakovic is currently working as a research assistant and freelance double bassist, appearing regularly with Opus Chamber Orchestra and period ensembles AK Barok and Age of Discovery.
Her projects in 2012 are largely centered around the Viennese double bass works of Johann Sperger as this year marks the 200th anniversary of his death. Her Urtext editions of Sperger's sonatas for double bass and duet for double bass and viola are due to be released through Editions Violone this year.
Ass. Prof. - National Academy of Music-Sofia,
Petia Bagovska holds a PhD degree and is an assistant professor at the National Academy of Music – Sofia, Bulgaria. She has studied with prof. T. Toshev and prof. F. Petracchi. She has been an awardee in national and international competitions and has participated in the bass festivals in Wrozlaw, Paris and Berlin and in International Society of Bassists conventions. She has taught master classes in Germany, UK, Greece, Finland, Czech Republic, Turkey, USA (Texas, Chicago). Bagovska has also been a jury member in national and international bass competitions.
She has released two solo CDs, Gallery and One bass one woman, and has published Studies for double bass, articles and researches. In 2011 she published a book, Double bass – Traditions and Future. She has been awarded as a Musician of the year 2010 in Bulgaria. Her students are acknowledged as solo, chamber and orchestra musicians all over the world. The UK magazine Double Bassist (Spring 2000) published an article: "La voix Bulgarie – Petia Bagovska".
Freelance and composer,
While studying classical double bass, Andreas Bennetzen entered the avantgarde and electronic music scene.
In 2005, two years after his concert examination, he got his hands on a Cetus electric-upright bass. The bass arrived only one day before he had to perform in front of an audience of 2 million viewers on a televised show live in Tivoli, Copenhagen. The first 'test' was so successful that he decided right away to start exploring the possibilities offered by electric string instruments and effects. Equipped with a loop machine and multiple effects, he started creating and performing his own sounds and music. In June 2009 he released his solo debut album Flowing in Circles under the alias Andy Benz.
Bennetzen has worked with: Efterklang, Pharfar, L.O.C, Clemens and many others, creating a niche with his curious mind. The mix of classical music and modern technology has earned him recognition.
The Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance,
Hagai Bilitzky specializes in Middle Eastern double bass. In his playing, Hagai stretches the traditional boundaries of the instrument, and of the way it is used in this music. He also specializes in presenting this special musical style to western musicians. Hagai devised a technique of playing this music's special elements on the double bass as part of his master’s degree at JAMD, under the guidance of Dr. Michael Klinghoffer and Prof. Taiseer Elias. This new technical approach allows Hagai to bring the double bass into prominence as a solo instrument in Middle Eastern and classical Arabic music.
Hagai has recorded and performed with acclaimed international and Israeli artists on the Arabic and jazz music scenes. He is a member of Algerian pianist Maurice Madioni's trio and performs with noted Ladino vocalist Yasmin Levy. Hagai has worked with artists such as Abraham Salman, Taiseer Elias, and Simon Shaheen.
Hagai teaches double bass at The Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance.
Teacher - Bones for Life,
Shelly Bisirri is a nurse, trumpet player and qualified teacher for the Bones for Life method. She is half Canadian and half Italian and has worked and studied a bit around the world.
Bassist/composer Tom Blancarte grew up in Austin, Texas, and later attended the University of North Texas in Denton.
He was first inspired to play music by listening to bands like Slayer and Black Sabbath, discovering the music of musicians such as Evan Parker and Anthony Braxton a few years later. He moved to New York City in 2004, where he lives with his wife, saxophonist and composer Louise Dam Eckardt Jensen.
Blancarte co-leads several bands; a duo with wife Louise Dam Eckardt Jensen called The Home of Easy Credit, the duo Sparks and its larger incarnations with trumpeter Peter Evans, the trio Totem with guitarist Bruce Eisenbeil and drummer Andrew Drury and a new bass trio called Ghola Tanks featuring Weasel Walter and Tim Dahl on electric basses.
He is a member of the Peter Evans Quartet & Quintet, Brandon Seabrook’s Seabrook Power Plant, Kevin Shea's Lonely Goldmine of Symbiotic Subterfuge and The Gate (formerly Dan Peck Trio).
Université Laval - Québec,
A student of L. Streicher, G. Karr, E. Levinson and E.A. Kolosov from Moscow Conservatory, Zbigniew Borowicz won the 1st prize at the F. Gregora International Double Bass Competition in Czechoslovakia (1984). He was the only double bassist to win the Montreal Competition "Debut" (1987).
Borowicz was the first classical double bassist to record in the Canadian music industry. He has recorded numerous solo CDs and DVDs. He has also appeared in recitals in the Polish and Canadian radios.
He is a soloist with symphony and chamber orchestras.
He is a permanent, full-time double bass teacher at College of Ste-Foy & Laval University (Québec, Canada).
Principal bass - Academy of St Martin in the Fields,
The South African-born virtuoso double bassist Leon Bosch is one of today’s most versatile and imaginative artists. His wide-ranging interests have taken him in many directions, all of which have fed into a unique career and helped to establish his international reputation as an outstanding musician.
In addition to a high-profile orchestral life – Bosch is currently principal double bass of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields – he is sought after as a chamber musician, recitalist, concerto soloist, teacher and programmer.
In addition he has built up a varied portfolio of commissions and world premieres and is developing a recording catalogue of an unusually diverse repertoire.
University of North Texas in Denton,
Jeff Bradetich gave his professional concert debut at the age of 16 and was appointed to the orchestra of the Lyric Opera of Chicago by age 19. Since his New York debut in Carnegie Recital Hall in 1982, where he was hailed as "…the master of his instrument" by the New York Times, he has performed more than 500 concerts on five continents.
He taught on the faculties of the Interlochen Arts Academy, University of Michigan, and Northwestern University prior to his 1994 appointment as director of the largest double bass program in the world at the University of North Texas. His summer master classes are now offered in USA; Mittenwald, Germany; Hong Kong; and Brazil.
The 1st Bradetich Foundation International Double Bass Competition, held in 2010 at the University of North Texas in Denton, offered the largest prizes in bass history with the 1st prize valued at more than $ 40,000 including a New York debut recital. Complete information is available at:
Principal Bass - Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra,
Christopher Brown studied with Larry Hurst and Stuart Sankey. A former member of the Detroit and Pittsburgh Symphonies, he has served as Principal Bassist for The Saint Paul Chamber orchestra since 1980. Currently Brown is an adjunct professor of Double Bass at the University of Minnesota.
He has played Principal Bass at the Grand Teton Music Festival in Jackson, Wyoming, USA, in the summers.
Brown is married and has three children: Linnea, Wyatt, and Amele. His hobby is trying to stay healthy.
Principal bass - Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,
Thomas Brændstrup has been principal bassist at the Amsterdam Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra since 1993 and has thereby played with many of the world’s finest conductors and soloists.
His teaching activities include audition coaching, workshops and bass section training. He is a frequently requested jury member for auditions.
Brændstrup has given master classes in Spain, Denmark and at Juilliard School of Music (New York), and has held guest professorships in Amsterdam and Denmark.
As a frequently requested chamber music partner he has worked with Emanuel Ax (piano) and is currently a member of the Uriël Ensemble.
Colorado Symphony Orchestra,
Bassist, educator and composer Susan Cahill has been a member of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra since 1997. She is a graduate of Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, where she studied with Bruce Bransby and Lawrence Hurst.
As a soloist, Cahill has performed with the Colorado College Summer Music Festival, where she is a faculty member, and with the Colorado Symphony. The Colorado Springs Gazette praised the 2010 performance as "A showcase for the amazing Susan Cahill, (she) made the double bass sing... with a marvelously disembodied, woody timbre." The Gazette called her 2008 performance of Jacob Druckman's Valentine "breathless". Cahill is also the bassist of the acclaimed Argentine tango ensemble Extasis, which has performed on three continents. Cahill joined the faculty of the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music in 2009. She has presented at the BASS2010 convention in Berlin, Germany, and at the International Society of Bassists convention in San Francisco in 2011.
Prof. - Central Conservatory Beijing,
Zi-ping Chen was educated at Central Conservatory school and obtained a master's degree from the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, studying with Ludwig Streicher. He has served as “Vorspieler” of Anhaltisches Theater Dessau in Germany and as principal bassist of Taipei Symphony Orchestra and of Evergreen Symphony Orchestra in Taiwan.
He is active at a number of master classes and summer camps, is constantly being elected as a jury member at national and international competitions, and is a member of the International Society of Bassists board of directors. Since 2005, Zi-ping Chen has been the webmaster of www.basschina.com and since 2007 has organized the annual national "Zhong Yin" Cup Double Bass Competition.
He regularly performs with many ensembles and frequently premieres contemporary Chinese compositions. He is currently Professor at the Central Conservatory Beijing. He recorded 2 CDs of double bass solo music in 2000 and 2008; arranged Johann Sebastian Bach Suite I, II, III (BWV1007-1009) in 2009; and authored The Development of Double Bass in China (2011).
University of Music - Stuttgart,
University of Music, Stuttgart,
Song Choi is a member of the Symphonieorchester Vorarlberg in Bregenz, Austria, with chief conductor Gerard Korsten, and a soloist of the Sinfonietta Bodensee-Oberschwaben. The ensemble plays to the highest standards together with international known soloists.
Choi is founder of the "Pädagogische Arbeitsgemeinschaft Kontrabass Baden-Württemberg" (PAK-BW). The PAK-BW was awarded the Bruno-Frey-Music Award in 2008. He teaches at the Jugendmusikschule Württembergisches Allgäu and at the University of Music in Stuttgart. Many of his pupils and students have been awardees in national and international competitions.
He is a member of the ESTA-Germany and gives master classes, methodology courses for teachers and courses for mental training in Germany, Austria and Denmark. Double Bassist and ESTA published articles about his work.
National Opera Belgium,
Korneel Le Compte
Kornel Le Compte has been solo bass player at La Monnaie, Brussels, for almost 30 years. His activities include teaching, historical basses and tunings, chamber music, recording, and writing.
Kornel Le Compte founded Duo Sweet 17 with viola d'amore and Viennese bass/violone and Ensemble Per Questa Bella Mano with violin, viola, cello, Viennese bass and piano.
Music school of Halmstad,
Music school of Halmstad,
Karin Croné teaches double-bass, string orchestra, choire and eurythmics at the Music school of Halmstad, Sweden.
Her double-bass pupils are aged 7-19. She has written method books for young children: Bas Bus 1 and 2.
Karin was educated at Gothenburg University, academy of music in 1990 and will be teacher at the Young Bassists Camp.
Scientist and amateur bassist,
Scientist (chemistry) and amateur bassist,
Ture Damhus has played the double bass for more than 40 years as an amateur, mostly in classical music in orchestras, chamber music (including in a double bass quartet) and a few times as soloist. He has worked in the Danish Bass Society, writing for, and co-editing, its magazine Bastidende, and also served one term on the board of directors of the International Society of Bassists.
A special interest of Damhus' is playing in Viennese tuning.
In his daily life, he works as a scientist (within chemistry) in a company.
Prof. - University School of Music in Graz,
Wayne Darling is Professor of Double Bass at the University School of Music in Graz, Austria (granting B.M.E. and M.M. degrees in performance). Recipient of many awards and scholarships for outstanding musical peformance (e.g., Grammy award for the Woody Herman recording Giant Steps). Many publications and more than 70 CD/LP recordings with leading jazz artists.
Darling leads his own jazz group which performs and records regularly. He also continues to perform in several projects and solo performances which include a blend of different musical styles with a strong emphasis on improvisation. Other activities: clinics and workshops for the Jamey Aebersold Camps; Director of the St. Pölten international jazz workshops; Director of the Bass Encounters events in Graz and Vienna; member of the International Society of Bassists jazz competition panel. Darling also promotes double bass meetings, workshops, and competitions with the intent of raising performance and educational awareness at the international level.
Principal Lecturer at LCoM,
Zoltan Dekany studied at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Hungary. He won the 2nd prize in the International Society of Bassists jazz competition in 1991 and has played jazz double bass with Wayne Darling, Charlie Haden, Darek Oles, Putter Smith, and Jeff Berlin, and appeared at numerous festivals.
Dekany is currently Principal Lecturer at Leeds College of Music.
Work in LA: Rick Zunigar (Stevie Wonder Band), Alan Broadbent (Charlie Haden Quartet West), Kei Akagi (Miles Davis Band), Terry Lynne Carrington (Wayne Shorter Band). Work in UK: BBC Big Band, Jiggs Wigham, Mike Gibbs, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Tim Garland, Jamie Cullum, Jim Mullen, Martin Drew, Claire Teal.
Radio: BBC Big Band Specials, Friday night is music night.
Duo i Conte i Basso,
French bassist Jean-Claude Delache received his 1st prize from the Paris National Superior Conservatory with Gaston Logerot. He has enjoyed a diverse career performing as recitalist, orchestra player, chamber musician and educator. As an orchestra musician, he was a founding member of the Orchestre de Paris and was a member of the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse.
As a chamber musician, he co-founded the quintet Quinte et Sens, and the Duo I Conte I Basso with his wife Michèle Delache, comedian and poet. They released their first self-produced duo CD, have commissioned half a dozen new works and have appeared on local TLT-TV and radio broadcasts such as Radio France. Their repertoire includes compositions by F. Proto, J. Deak, and J. Léandre, to name a few. The Courrier Picard calls him "an accomplished virtuoso", the Dépêche du Midi says he "makes the bass sing".
As an educator, Delache was bass professor at the Toulouse National Conservatory.
Sebastiano Dessanay is a fine double bassist and composer born in Cagliari, Sardinia.
His music features a strong sense of melody and attention to textural details. The double bass often has a prominent role in his research and elements of improvisation permeate his compositions. He started to play piano and cello when he was 11 and then turned to electric bass, playing with different rock and pop bands. Some years later, after having obtained a geology degree at Cagliari University, he started studying double bass and composition at Cagliari Conservatoire where he graduated in 2007.
In November 2007 he moved to UK and in 2009 he has completed a Master in Music degree at Birmingham Conservatoire, where he has recently started working at a PhD in composition.
Prizes and awards have included 1st prize at Sardinia International Composition Competition in 2004 with the composition Scherzo for solo double bass.
Robin Draganic was born in 1963 in Zagreb and grew up in Canada. He chose literature as a field of study at the University of Montreal.
In 1984 he formed his first jazz band with Ken Vandermark. He traveled for a decade with the double bass in Russia and China, where he taught English and organized many jazz jam sessions and jazz concerts. In 1988 he stranded in Berlin. He plays in various jazz groups and has also studied classical music.
Since 2001 he has worked with the Berlin quartet Lyambiko, with whom he in 2003 jumped into the top ten of German jazz. He celebrated great successes and records for
Prof. - University of California San Diego,
Mark Dresser (born 1952) is an internationally renowned bass player, improviser, composer, and interdisciplinary collaborator. He has recorded over 130 CDs including three solo works and 40 CDs as a leader or co-leader and has performed with some of the strongest personalities in contemporary music including Anthony Braxton, Ray Anderson, Jane Ira Bloom, Tim Berne, Anthony Davis, Dave Douglas, Osvaldo Golijov, Gerry Hemingway, Bob Osertag, Joe Lovano, Roger Reynolds, Henry Threadgill, Dawn
Upshaw, and John Zorn.
Since 2007 he has been deeply involved in telematic music performance and education.
Dresser is Professor of Music at University of California, San Diego.
Since 2007 he has been deeply involved in telematic music performance and education. He is Professor of Music at University of California, San Diego.
Principal bass - Stavanger Symphony Orchestra,
Igor Eliseev was born in St. Petersburg in 1981. At the age of 15, he exchanged the cello for the double bass and started in the class of Professor Alexander Shilo. In 2000 he won a diploma and a special prize at the Sperger competition in Germany, and in the 2003 ARD competition, he won a special prize and a diploma. In 2007 and 2011 he won several prizes in the International Serge Koussevitzky Double Bass Competition in St. Petersburg.
From 2002 to 2007 Eliseev worked as deputy principal bass in the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra in St. Petersburg. From 2007 he is principal double bass in Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Norway.
Eliseev has appeared as soloist with the Mariinsky Orchestra, the Orchestra Classica, the St. Petersburg State Conservatory Orchestra, Novosibirsk Chamber Orchestra, and Stavanger Symphony Orchestra.
He plays an instrument made by Paolo Grancino in 1670.
Musikhochschule Köln (Cologne),
Gottfried Engels studied double bass with P. Breuer in Köln and conducting with D. de Villiers in Essen and also took private lessons with G. Schmitt-Bohn and S. Mas Conde.
He is currently a member of the Düsseldorf Symphony, double bass professor at the Musikhochschule Köln, and conductor of Hofgartenorchester Bonn. Engels also plays in chamber orchestras and in smaller ensembles. He is a regular soloist in recitals and concerts. He has performed concertos by e.g. Dittersdorf, Bottesini, Koussevitzky, Rota and Françaix.
Engels has given master classes and courses in USA, Latin America, Japan and Europe.
He founded two children’s orchestras and a youth orchestra.
August Engkilde is a composer, arranger, producer, multi-instrumentalist, DJ, sound-designer and owner of the record label Brumtone. He plays the bass and the keyboards and twists the computer knobs on more than 35 electronic and acoustic releases. The focus is not on one particular genre but rather on a mix of various genres, such as jazz, electro, dub, classic as well as more experimental unnamed genres that come up as a result of his curiosity and passion for exploring new music.
Engkilde made the music for the 8 hour long art movie The Wake by Christian Lemmerz and Mikael Kvium, in collaboration with the composer Dror Feiler and DJ “Wunderbaum”.
Engkilde was educated at the New School of Contemporary Music in New York and in Cuba by the Buena Vista Social Club bass-player Cachaito Orlando Lopez and the percussion-player José Alfonso.
Prof. - Royal College of Music,
Prof. - Royal College of Music,
Caroline Emery is Professor at the Royal College of Music and Yehudi Menuhin School and author of Bass is Best. Her contribution to the double bass world is unique. Having graduated and subsequently gained a teaching qualification, she became the leading exponent of the Yorke Mini-Bass Project from its inception in 1984.
The European String Teachers Association and the International Society of Bassists have provided a platform for her work to be demonstrated internationally and this, coupled with the enormous success of her first Yorke Edition publication, Bass is Best, in 1988 led to her taking pupils as far afield as America and Norway.
The Bass Club, which she founded, facilitates an exchange of ideas both within Britain and between other countries. She was appointed to the Junior Department at the RCM in 1985, taught at the Yehudi Menuhin School, where she became the first ever double bass teacher in 1991, and was appointed to the professorial staff of the RCM in 1995.
Geologist and amateur bassist,
Geologist and amateur bassist,
Ida Fabricius borrowed her first double bass in 1970 and has since then on and off played in classical amateur orchestras. She also enjoys playing chamber music, not the least double bass quartets.
In her everyday life, Fabricius teaches geology at the Technical University of Denmark.
Prof. - Conservatorio in Lugano,
Enrico Fagone is the principal double bass soloist of the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana and a professor at the Conservatorio G.Nicolini Piacenza Italy and the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano, Switzerland. He graduated cum laude at the Conservatory G.Nicolini of Piacenza with Leonardo Colonna and completed his studies with Franco Petracchi and Klaus Stoll.
He performs regularly as soloist with orchestra and at the biggest festivals of chamber music, collaborating with big stars like Martha Argerich, Mischa Maisky, Boris Belkin, Giora Feidman, Fernando Suarez-Paz, Nestor Marconi, Luis Bacalov and others.
He recorded for the world renowned record label EMI Records (Martha Argerich and friends 2007 and 2009), Virgin, RaiTrade and a recently issued CD for Stradivarius (Giovanni Bottesini duets), which has been awarded a 5 stars acknowledgement by the most important specialized magazines. Fagone is Ambassador of the Martha Argerich Presents Project in the world.
Iceland Symphony Orchestra,
"I have always been curious and researched the origins of the things washed up on my beach in California. I have discarded much, but also found many treasures” says Dean
Ferrell, who studied at the Juilliard School of Music with David Walter.
Bertram Turetzky inspired Ferrell in constantly seeking non-traditional possibilities on the double bass. Ferrell was a guest lecturer at The University of California in 1981–1982 and has played with The Hong Kong Philharmonic, The San Diego Symphony, The Pacific Symphony, The San José Symphony, The Norwegian Opera Orchestra and currently with The Icelandic Opera and The Iceland Symphony Orchestra.
Ferrell is an expert in historical tunings and various scordaturae. Normally he plays on gut strings, and performs on classical and baroque violone, baroque violoncello, basso di viola, and violoncello piccolo.
Teacher and freelancer,
Claus Freudenstein was a tax officer for eight years before he started to play and study double bass at the Munich and Augsburg Conservatories. He studied with Thomas Jauch, Mathias Weber and Caius Oana. Beside this he also studied electric bass.
After his graduation he became teacher for double bass in two state music schools and at high school.
During this work he developed the minibass (www.minibass.com). He works with kids on double bass and writes music for minibass.
Beside this he is a freelancing musician on double bass and electric bass. Freudenstein is also the founder of the Bassmonsters, a double bass quartet that plays rock music on double basses.
Simón García graduated on double bass at the Conservatorio Superior of Salamanca. He worked as a bassist in the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Galicia and has collaborated with various orchestras. He is currently bassist in the Symphony Winds Orchestra of A Coruña. He has worked with various artists and has participated with his music in several bass festivals, such as Ludwig Streicher Festival, VI Encuentro Lainoamericano de Contrabajo and Barcelona Bass Meeting.
His bass music has been played in Mexico, Spain, Japan, Italy, Austria, Germany, Venezuela, Canada, USA and UK by bands such as The Bass Gang, Bass Instinct, Il quint'etto, Chicago Bass Ensemble and soloists including David Heyes, Ernst Weissensteiner, Ben Groenevelt, Damian Arenas, Diego Zecharies and others. His music was used as teaching material in different conservatories and workshops, e.g., Konser-vatorium Wien, Year of Collaborative Music, Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía, Iowa University and Wells Cathedral School.
Angela Gebler is a physiotherapist who has been specializing in treating musicians for the last 12 years. Besides individual therapies, she offers physiotherapy support for orchestral work phases, master classes and workshops at music schools and academies.
During the last three years she has been an important member of the staff at the Double Bass Caleidoscope in Germany, providing warming and loosening-up exercises and raising the awareness for the "Body as Instrument" both in theory and practice.
Angela Gebler lives near Munich and works as a freelance physiotherapist. In the German Association for Music Physiology and Musicians' Medicine (DGfMM) she networks with other professions.
Gebler plays the violoncello in an amateur orchestra.
Since 2006 self-employed with atelier in Berlin; restoration, sound adjustment, trade and expertise within string instruments.
-2004 to 2006 shop manager at Machold Rare Violins in Chicago
-2003 to 2004 restorer at Machold Rare Violins New York
-2001 to 2003 restorer at Machold Rare Violins Vienna
-2000 to 2001 freelance restorer in London and Master Violinmaker Exam in March 2001
-1997 to 2000 restorer at Florian Leonhart fine Violins in London
-1995 to 1996 trained for restoration at Hans Weisshaar Inc. in Los Angeles
-1994 to 1995 worked as repairman and restorer at Jose Maria Lozano in Madrid
-1990 to 1994 attended Staatliche Fachschule für Geigenbau in Mittenwald
Graduated in February 1994.
Principal, Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra,
Double bassist Joel Gonzalez was born in Mexico in 1979. He started learning the double bass with Cesareo Chan in his native Merida. Since that he has studied at conservatories in Xalapa, Copenhagen and Berlin with Andrzej Dechnik, Michal Stadnicki and Janne Saksala respectively.
Along his career he has been awarded several prizes, like the Special prize of the jury in the 2. International Sperger competition in Germany in 2002, and the prize Finalist with distinction in the 1. International Wratislavia competition in Poland in 2008. In his native country he has been recipient of the Performers grant from the FONCA in Mexico in 2000-2001, and in 2007 he was awarded the grant of the Harbys Fond, one of the most prestigious in Denmark.
He is currently the second principal of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, and has performed as a guest musician with some of the most important orchestras in Europe.
The double bass player, singer, performer and creative artist Irina-Kalina Goudeva studied with T. Toshev at the Sofia State Conservatory (graduated in 1990) and with Fr. Petracchi at the Geneva Conservatory (1st Virtuoso Prize in 1993). Her assignments as principal player include orchestras such as Simphonietta, Lausanne, Orchestre de Chambre de Neuchâtel and The Royal Danish Orchestra.
Since 1998 she is a solo double bass player in Contemporanea Interactive Art Ensemble in Copenhagen. Goudeva’s eclectic nature inspires her to experiment with crossovers between different genres of music, and with great intensity she has devoted herself to music from renaissance and baroque to modern tango, jazz, and electro-acoustic music.
In the past 8 years Goudeva has created 6 multi-media solo performances which have been received with much praise in EU and USA. She often participates in workshops, cultural exchange and experimental/research projects with composers from all over the world, who wrote over 30 works for her.
Prof. - University of California Santa Cruz,
Bassist and author of Inner Game of Music, Mastery of Music, Bringing Music to Life, Popular Bass Method, Advanced Techniques of DB Playing. Recording artist: Ole-Cool, Live from St. Croix and many LPs.
Professor at University of California at Santa Cruz.
Former principal bassist in the Cincinnati Symphony (28 years) and former Executive Director of International Society of Bassists.
Participated in BASS2010 in Berlin. Host of 2011 International Society of Bassists Convention in San Francisco, California.
Currently living in San Diego, CA.
Prof. - Anadolu University,
Esra Gül has been teaching at Anadolu University since 1992 and has been playing in Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra since 2004. Gül has been invited as a pedagogue and soloist including to BASS2010 Berlin World Bass Festival (Germany), International Society of Bassists Conventions 2009 and 2011 (USA), and also as a jury member at International Double Bass Convention, Janacek Academy of Music in Brno 2009–2010–2012 (Czech Republic), World Bass Festival 2010 Wroclaw (Poland), Paderewski Academy of Music Poznan 2008 (Poland), Art and Connect International Music Course and Festival 2008 in Urbino (Italy), Plodiv Music and Performing Arts 2003 in Plodiv (Poland).
She has been giving recitals in Turkey since 1995. She dedicated all her 2011 contemporary bass music recitals to Teppo Hauta-aho on occasion of his 70th birthday – at the International Society of Bassists 2011 Convention in San Francisco and in Istanbul and Eskisehir in Turkey. Gül is the first double bass graduate of the master (1996) and doctorate programs (2002) in Turkey.
Ass. Prof. - Brigham Young University,
Eric Hansen studied for the BM and MM degrees at Peabody Conservatory and performed DMA studies at University of Maryland College Park. Teachers: Audrey Bush, Stuart Sankey, Curtis Burris, Eugene Levinson, and Hal Robinson.
Hansen is Associate Professor of Double Bass at Brigham Young University. He has extensive experience from symphony and chamber ochestras in USA and Canada. He has played chamber music with Concert Artists of Baltimore, Intermezzo Chamber Players, BRAVO Arts, CBC Radio and Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
Hansen has given recitals in USA, Canada, Poland, Austria, Czech Republic, China and has lectured to American String Teachers Association (2007–12) and the International Society of Bassists (2005–11).
Hansen was co-winner, 2nd prize, 2010 Recital Music Competition.
Principal bass - The Royal Danish Orchestra,
Mette Hanskov passed the Diploma exam at the Musikhochschule Wien in 1980. She has been a professional musician since 1980, employed by the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the Lyon Opera, and the English Baroque Soloists.
Since 1985 Hanskov has been principal bassist in The Royal Danish Orchestra.
Hanskov has been teaching classical double bass at The Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts Southern Denmark since 1999.
Hanskov was founder of the Danish Bass Society.
Principal bass - Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra,
Principal bass - Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra,
Kati Harjanne studied with Lasse Lagercrantz, Jorma Katrama, Duncan McTier and Janne Saksala in Helsinki, London, and Berlin.
She has been principal double bass of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra since 2000.
Harjanne is a double bass teacher at the Sibelius Academy, Helsinki.
Freelancer & composer,
Teppo Hauta-aho began his career at the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra in 1965, and after his studies at the Sibelius Academy, he continued in Prague František Poštan. After leaving the Philharmonic Orchestra in 1972, he joined the Finnish National Opera Orchestra three years later, in 1975, Since 2000 he works as a free artist and composer.
Teppo Hauta-aho has composed orchestral and chamber music. His double bass output is wide-ranging. His solo bass piece Kadenza is in the repertoire of many international double bass competitions. In 1986 he won the "Prix Reine Marie-Jose' Award with his work Fantasy for Trumpet and Orchestra.
Hauta-aho is a recognized musician in jazz circles. He has collaborated with many major Finnish musicians, such as Pekka Pöyry, Seppo "Baron" Paakkunaisen and Heikki Sarmanto. Together with the well established "Birchbark Quartet" he won the EBU's jazz band competition in 1971 in Montreux.
Prof. dr. pæd In Educational Psychology,
Professor, dr. pæd In Educational Psychology,
Educated teacher, leg. psychologist, PHD and Dr. pæd. in educational psychology. Professor at Nordic School of Public Health in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Research field: Learning, education, teaching, organizational research and narrative theory.
Example from my list of literature (180 items).
Narrative, Culture and Learning (2006): Written together with Jerome Bruner, Carol Feldman & J. Molin.
New Social Science Monographs. Copenhagen.
Jasper Høiby was born in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1977. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London and has since pursued a successful career as a leader and sideman.
His trio Phronesis have released four critically acclaimed albums and toured all over the world. In 2010 they were nominated for the MOBO awards and their album 'Alive' was voted 'Jazz Album of the Year' in both Mojo and Jazzwise magazines.
Copenhagen Jazz Festival awarded Jasper the 'Young Spirit Award' in 2012 and his Phronesis project 'Pitch Black', a series of performances in complete darkness, won the jazz category at the London Awards for Art and Performance.
Jasper is a visiting bass tutor at the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.
Prof. - Mozarteum University in Salzburg,
Christine Hoock works internationally as a soloist, in chamber music ensembles, and in orchestras. She performs, among others, at Schleswig-Holstein, Lucerne and San Sebastian Festival, Musik Triennale Köln, Oficina de Musica Curitiba and at the Festivals in Berlin and Salzburg. Concert tours take her all around the world.
As a versatile musician she is collaborating in numerous constellations in Classical, World and Jazz Music, under her partners you find Barbara Bonney, Quadro Nuevo and John Goldsby. During her studies with Günter Klaus and Franco Petracchi Christine founded the “Frankfurter Kontrabass Quartett” which gained international recognition.
A prize-winner of international competitions, she was appointed principal bass of the WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne when still a young artist. Today Christine has a professorship for doublebass at the University Mozarteum Salzburg. She holds master classes at international festivals and cooperate as a jury member at competitions.
Prof. - University of Music Mannheim,
Although still in his early thirties, Petru Iuga has already established himself as one of the foremost double bass players of his generation. Having received his first training in his native Romania, he was selected by Yehudi Menuhin for the International Menuhin Music Academy in Gstaad (Switzerland).
After further training at the Hochschule der Kuenste-Bern and the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique in Paris, he became a member of the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, principal double bass in the Munich Chamber Orchestra.
He currently holds a professorship at the University of Music and Arts in Mannheim, Germany. He has won numerous prizes at international competitions, including first prizes at the International Double Bass Competition in Markneukirchen, Germany (1999) as well as at the Capbreton International Double Bass Competition in France (2001) has appeared as soloist with major European orchestras. Petru Iuga recorded a CD with Carmina Quartet.
Double bass maker,
Prof. - Conservatory of Vicenza,
Dr. Gergely Járdányi is pursuing a busy international career as solo bassist, chamber musician as well as guest principal bassist of several symphonic and chamber orchestras. He is known first and foremost as a Bottesini specialist. Doing research-work, Járdányi found manuscripts of Bottesini, unedited as yet. He is going to publish them in a Bottesini-complete-edition (Akkord Music Publishers, Budapest).
For 20 years Járdányi was professor at the Liszt Academy of Music (Budapest), now he is professor at the Conservatorio di Vicenza (Italy). His fame, as a soloist and as a pedagogue, has led him to give master classes in several European countries and as far away as in America. He has also been a member of the jury for international double bass competitions.
Discography (by Hungaroton):
1.) In memoriam G. Bottesini
2.-6.) Bottesini-complete: I.: Concert pieces, II.: Opera paraphrases, III.: Works with piano, IV.: Double concertos, V.: Concertos
7.) Instrumental Magic
Ida Bach Jensen
Ida Bach Jensen is a clasically trained musician and composer performing her electro-acoustic works on double bass using live looping and other electronic effects. She has performed her music at national radios, festivals and stages in Europe.
Iceland Symphony Orchestra,
Double bassist Þórir Jóhannsson, received his Post Graduate Diploma from the Royal Northern College of Music Manchester, England in 1992.
Among others his teachers were Páll Hannesson (assistant principal bass in Iceland Symphony Orchestra), Duncan McTier and Mette Hanskov. He free-lanced in Denmark for four years before returning to Iceland, in 2000 where he joined the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. Þórir also teaches bass in Kópavogur Music School and is an active performer both as a soloist and chamber musician.
Þórir has premiered two pieces for solo double bass, a concerto for double bass and chamber orchestra and finally "Rhapsodie per Contra Basso a Piano" by Þórður Magnússon.
Bass amker (Jury, Bass maker Competition),
Violinmaker in Passau Germany,
specialised in building double basses after the model of the viennise masters of the 18 th.
I startet my training at the Cremona violinmaker school.
I made my master in violinmaking in 1989.
From that time I have my workshop in Passau and build, restore and repair bowed instruments.
I did a lot of restoration to put instruments back in the original state.
I restored 2010 the Esterhazy Stadlmann bass that was played when Haydn worked there.
Principal bass - Royal Swedish Opera,
Principal bass - Royal Swedish Opera,
Studied in Stockholm and Paris and is principal bass in the Royal Opera in Stockholm since 1983.
Has also served as principal bass in Orquestra Sinfonica do Porto and Orch. Ens. Kanazawa in Japan.
Teaches doublebass in the Royal Academy in Stockholm; has earlier had the pleasure to coach the bass-section in youth orchestra "Orkester Norden" for 10 years as the "World Youth Orchestra" a couple of times. A great fan of the bass.
The Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance,
Michael Klinghoffer, double bass performer, conductor and educator, is the author of: Mr. Karr Would You Teach Me How to Drive a Double Bass?
Studied with Gary Karr at Yale University, and at the Hartt School- University of Hartford.
He has been assistant principal bass player in the Israel Symphony Orchestra and in the Israel Sinfonietta.
His repertoire ranges from contemporary Israeli music, to his own arrangement which have been published and recorded on two compact discs.
Since 1987, he has been on the faculty of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance and he is currently serving as the Dean of Performing Arts and as Director of the Jerusalem Conservatory Chamber Orchestra.
Along with his academic commitments and performing engagements, and after being Music Director for seven years at MATAN, (Arts and Culture Project for Youth),
Dr. Klinghoffer still devotes much time and energy to working with young musicians from diverse backgrounds all over Israel.
Kristin Korb is not just a singing bassist. She is a premier singer with a personal approach and a deep sense of swing. She transports you to other worlds with her ballads. Oh yeah, she plays a nasty bass, too.
While studying privately with jazz bass icon Ray Brown, he arranged for her first recording with his trio, Introducing Kristin Korb, on Telarc Records. Her latest release, In The Meantime, features her innovative arrangements of jazz standards with the help of jazz greats Bob Sheppard, Nick Mancini, Llew Matthews, Steve Barnes and Larry Koonse.
After building a significant music career in Los Angeles, Kristin married and moved recently to Denmark. Her new adventures include learning Danish, enjoying her new family, and meeting more of her European bass brothers and sisters. Kristin is currently the President Elect for the International Society of Bassists.
Prof. - Western Michigan University,
Tom Knific has performed with many of the great jazz and classical artists of our time on tour and on record including Billy Hart, Randy Brecker, Dave Brubeck, Fred Hersch, and others. He and Eric Marienthal co-led the “Dream Band” with Toots Thielemans, Kenny Werner and Harvey Mason in the first live internet concert.
As a classical artist, he has recorded with Pepe Romero, Andre Watts, Philippe Entremont and the Merling Trio. He as appeared as a soloist in recitals, with orchestras and at chamber music festivals throughout the world.
Tom is Professor of Double Bass and Director of Jazz Studies at Western Michigan University. He has also taught at the Interlochen Arts Academy, Michigan State University, Cleveland Institute of Music, and has presented over a hundred master classes worldwide.
He received the Down Beat Jazz Education Achievement Award in 2004. Tom appears on over 30 CD's including four solo CD's. Tom is Past President of the International Society of Bassists.
Prof. - Sibelius-Academy,
Prof. - Sibelius-Academy,
Lasse Lagercrantz studied the double bass at the Sibelius Academy under the guidance of Prof. Olli Kosonen and at the Sofia Conservatory with Prof. Todor Toshev. He took his soloist’s diploma (second degree) in 1988 and received the Master of Music degree in 1991. He has performed as a soloist with several Finnish orchestras and worked widely as a pedagogue and chamber musician. He has established the Colourstrings method for the double bass.
Lasse Lagercrantz has taught in several master classes in Finland and abroad. He has trained teachers and given lectures at both Royal Academy of Music and Guildhall School of Music and Drama in England, also Amiens and Lille Conservatories in France, as well as Sofia Conservatory and Gothenburg University. In 2007, he was invited to give a lecture at the ESTA Conference in Cremona. At present, Lasse Lagercrantz is Professor at The Sibelius Academy, Helsinki, and double bass teacher at the East Helsinki Music institute.
Born 1954 in Hilleroed Denmark.
In 1978 member of Thad Jones Mel Lewis Orchestra, doing a 3 month Europe tour.
Since then he has toured all over the world and appears on more than 500 albums.
For 20 years he had his own "Loft Studio", producing more than 50 albums. In 2009 he started "Matchbox Studio".
In 2008, he started his own company arco-amps designing and producing supreme amplifiers for jazz players.
Doctoral student in musicology,
Doctoral student in musicology,
I am a doctoral student in musicology (2010) at the University of Helsinki and at the National Doctoral Programme in Music Research at Sibelius Academy (2012) under the supervision of Eero Tarasti, Pirkko Moisala and Susanna Välimäki.
The main topic of interest in my doctoral research is art music performance from a philosophical and existential semiotic point of views, in which I combine a musicological approach with my experience as double bass player.
I studied double bass performance with Nikola Popov at UNAM, and took lessons with Agustin Bernal and Jorma Katrama. I have performed in theatre and orchestra in Mexico and in Finland, and since 2009 I am double bass player of Aurinko Música de Latinoamerica ry.
I published articles and participated in several Finnish and international congresses, also I have been part of the research projects such as “Philosophies of Performance: Finnish music, art and avant-garde” directed by Eero Tarasti with the support of the Academy of Finland.
Principal bass - The Hague Philharmonic,
Szymon Marciniak’s desire is to share musical experiences with the audience at highest level through giving every piece of music an authenticity and freshness.
Through his original approach to his instrument and lively interpretations of classical bass-repertoire as well as transcriptions, he constantly receives acclaim and enthusiastic reactions from listeners and critics alike. Currently appointed principal double-bassist in the Residentie Orkest, Szymon is pursuing parallel careers as both soloist and chamber musician.
His passion for the Double-Bass solo repertoire has led him to explore broad range of music styles from Baroque to Contemporary music.
As a chamber musician Szymon is a frequent guest artist performing at many festivals throughout Europe.He is member of the New European Ensemble, specialized in contemporary and 20th century music. He also forms a duo 2BASE with Dutch pianist Yoram Ish-Hurwitz.
Recently his debut CD with works by Adolf Mišek has been released by Acte Prealable.
Principal bass - Baja California Orchestra,
is a Native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, bassist, arranger, and composer Andrés Martín has performed with orchestras and chamber ensembles in Argentina, Costa Rica, Venezuela, Brazil, Mexico, England, Germany and United States. Since his arrival in Tijuana (Mexico), Andrés has been immersed in teaching as well as performing as a soloist and chamber musician.
He is a member of the “Orquesta de Baja California” and “Cuatro para Tango”, a chamber ensemble with whom he has released four recordings. He also organizes and directs “Contrabajos de Baja California A.C. ”, a Double Bass academy who celebrates an international double bass festival and chamber music course held in Tijuana every summer.
As a composer and arranger, he works with a wide language which ranges from contemporary techniques to tango and rock. His work has been performed and recorded by very successful orchestras, ensembles, and soloists in Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, Germany and the United States.
Prof. - Royal College of Music in London,
He studied in America under Harold Roberts, Oscar Zimmerman and Roger Scott. Principal positions with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and the English Chamber Orchestra.
Soloist with symphony and chamber orchestras, both in his country and abroad. He has also made numerous television and radio broadcasts, presenting a wide varied repertoire from baroque to the twentieth century.
As a teacher, he is Senior Professor of Double Bass at the Guildhall School of Music in London. Courses and master classes all over the world. Jury member in international competitions as the Koussevitsky Competition in Moscow, The Concorso Bottesini in Cremona and the Concours de Genêve in Geneva.
As a conductor, Tom studied with Sian Edwards in London and Marios Papadopoulos and Stephen Darlington in Oxford. He has recorded for Naxos with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
Prof. - University of Georgia,
Milton Masciadri is Professor of Double Bass at the University of Georgia, Represent the third generation of bassists born in Uruguay.
Masciadri is a frequent recitalist and soloist in Europe, Asia, Americas. He has presented master classes at The Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, Paris Conservatoire, Guildhall School London, Moscow Conservatory, UF Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires National Cons., and Milan Conservatorio.
Masciadri solo performances have taken place at many internationally renowned concert venues New York’s Lincoln Center, “La Fenice” Opera House in Venice, Colon Buenos Aires, In 2009 Masciadri received the title of Distinguished University Professor of the University of Georgia.
Holds the title of "Accademico" Accademia Filarmonica di Bologna, Italy. He has been awarded the Brazilian Medal of Honor for Academic Achievements “International Who's Who in Music”in 1998 is designated UNESCO Artist for Peace. In 2011,is designated “knight of San Marco” Venice Italy.
Prof. - Royal Academy of Music London,
Winner of the 1982 Isle of Man International Double Bass Competition, Duncan McTier is recognised as one of the world's leading double bass soloists. He has appeared in more than twenty countries and made more than fifty recordings for radio, TV and record companies. His Tarantella CD was described in The Strad as “some of the most refined bass playing you are ever likely to hear”.
Born in Stourbridge, Worcestershire, Duncan McTier obtained a mathematics degree at Bristol University before joining the BBC Symphony Orchestra. After seven years as principal bass of the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra he returned to England to concentrate on a career as soloist, chamber musician and pedagogue.
He has collaborated with many of the world’s most distinguished string quartets, and artists such as Steven Isserlis, Joshua Bell, Nobuko Imai, Heinrich Schiff and Artur Pizarro.
Composers who have written works especially for him include Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Gavin Bryars and John Hawkins.
Bass player, improviser and composer born in 1981. Diploma in jazz double bass from The Conservatory of Music in Esbjerg 2007. Studies with Kaspar Vadsholdt, Thommy Andersson, Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, Pernille Rømer and Barre Phillips.
Has worked with Peter Brötzmann, Mark Sanders, Mike Hurley, Tobias Delius, Ruci Mahall, Jesper Zeuthen, Torben Snekkestad and many more. Active with co-led projects Angel, Hurley/Melbye/Sanders, The Mighty Mouse and Lindsjö/Ericson/Melbye as well as member of Maria Faust Group, Jesper Zeuthen Trio and PLUS and Markus Pesonen Hendectet. Appears on 14 records.
Has been playing improvised solo concerts since 2009 and will be releasing a solo record in late 2012 or early 2013. Solo concerts focus on the immediate creation of music as realized between player, instrument and the acoustics in question, utilizing a range of orthodox and unorthodox extended techniques and a physically demanding acoustic set-up, that calls for a complete immersion in the bass.
Ass. Prof. - Texas Tech University,
Dr. Mark Morton
Mark Morton is Assistant Professor of Double Bass at Texas Tech University and the principal double bassist with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra.
First-prize winner of the International Society of Bassists Solo Competition in New York City, Mark is a busy solo recitalist and concerto performer, having soloed in Europe, South America, Canada, and the U.S., He has been a featured double bass soloist on radio broadcasts including NPR's "Performance Today," WGBH in Boston, and WQXR in New York. Earning his Bachelor and Master of Music Degrees from the Juilliard School in New York City, Dr. Morton is only the second bassist to earn the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in the history of Juilliard.
He recently released his Botteini’s Greatest Hits! CD on which he plays both bass and piano, that will be the third CD in a series of the complete standard bass repertoire. Morton also shares a CD with world-renowned bassist Gary Karr of solo double bass music by Paul Ramsier on Albany Records.
Prof. - Butler University Indianapolis,
Professor of Bass at Butler University, Indianapolis, USA. Principal studies with Gary Karr, and summer studies at Aspen with Stuart Sankey and AFM String Congress with Paul Ellison. Former President of the ISB (2001-2003).
Winner ISB Solo Competition, 1988, in Los Angeles; Aspen Bass Competition, 1981.
Recorded several solo CD's and a DVD. Presentations, clinics and solo performances throughout the USA, his native Canada, Israel, South Korea, Brazil, Poland, Spain, Portugal.
Recitals at 2008-Paris and 2010-Berlin.
Prof. - Penn State University,
Rob Nairn is Professor of Double bass at Penn State University and on the faculty of the Juilliard School in New York. He is past president of the International Society of Bassists and hosted the Society’s 2009 Convention at Penn State.
In 2008 he was awarded a Howard Foundation Fellowship. Rob’s performing experience covers Contemporary, Jazz, traditional Orchestral, and Historical Performance Ensembles, with a career that has spanned Europe, the U.S. and Australasia. His teachers have included Klaus Stoll, Tom Martin, and Max McBride. He has performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic, the English Chamber Orchestra, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the London Sinfonietta, and The Melbourne Symphony.
He has acted as guest Principle Bassist with the Halle Orchestra, the London Mozart players, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and held the position of Principle bass with the Australian Chamber orchestra and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. In the Historical performance world he holds the position of Principal Double Bass with the Handel Haydn Society in Boston, MA; he is a member of Juilliard Baroque and has also worked with the Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique, Concerto Caledonia, Washington Bach Consort, the Aulos Ensemble, Rebel, BEMF, the English Baroque Soloists, Florilegium and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
Rob is also active in commissioning new works and has premiered more than forty compositions for both solo bass and chamber music featuring the bass. In 2009 he premiered a new concerto by Barry Conyngham and his first solo CD of music by Australian Composers is due for release shortly. He has performed recitals in Europe, Asia, the U.S. and Australia. As a soloist he has performed concerti with the Australian Chamber, Adelaide and Darwin symphony orchestras (including Bottesini's Passiona Amoroso with Gary Karr).
Prof. - Conservatory of Padua,
Giancarlo Giko Pavan
Musician first of all in the broad sense, bassist, composer and conductor, Italian born in 1960.
His musical career sees involvement with important Italian and foreign jazz musicians. at the same time he is a great expert and specialist in early music, he was principal bass of important ensembles as Accademia Bizantina, Europa Galante and 20 years with the SONATORI DE LA GIOIOSA MARCA.
He's professor of jazz bass at the Conservatory of Padua. Many recordings testify to his important and diverse artistic activity in Italy and in major concert halls worldwide.
Grammy award winning bassist Phil Palombi is "one of the most sought after young bass players", according to Steely Dan tenor saxophonist and renowned jazz musician Walt Weiskopf. Author of the Scott LaFaro transcription book, Palombi is moving through the ranks of the New York Jazz elite.
His resume now includes recordings and/or performances with Michael Brecker, Billy Hart, Joe Lovano, Dave Liebman, Etta Jones, Maynard Ferguson, Chris Potter, Curtis Stigers, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Lew Tabackin, Chucho Valdes, Mark Turner, and The Village Vanguard Orchestra to name a few.
Phil newest CD, entitled RE:Person I Knew - A Tribute to Scott LaFaro, is a 12 track recording that features piano legend Don Friedman and drum great Eliot Zigmund. Phil was granted access to LaFaro's 1925 Prescott bass for the tribute, which makes this a very special recording.
Greek National Opera,
Vassilis Papavassiliou, a leading greek artist, is a double bass soloist. Very active and innovative, he is highly energetic in classical, contemporary and experimental music.
The new repertory and the innovative ideas are central in his artistic interests and he is the dedicatee of several new compositions. In 1998, he has done the world-premiere recording of the «Double bass Concerto» by N. Skalkotas for the BIS label, receiving world-wide enthusiastic acclaim.
Vassilis Papavassiliou holds the position of the principal bass-player in the Greek National Opera in Athens and teaches in various master classes for double bass around Europe and USA. He is a regular guest at the International Classical Music Festival of Cyclades (Hermoupolis-Syros island) and is a principal tutor at the Summer Academy of the Cyclades Festival.
Finally, he is the editor of a series of Greek works for solo double bass in «Orpheus» editions.
Jimmi Roger Pedersen
Freelance bass player, composer and teacher. Founder of Scandinavian Double Bass Technique.
JRP studied double bass with Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen (NHØP) at Rhythmic Music Conservatory.
For more than 15 years Jimmi toured with legendary jazz pianist Horace Parlan as well as backing artists like Benny Bailey, Al Grey and Lee Konitz. 100+ recordings including 2 solo bass albums. Jimmi was nominated as best solo instrumentalist in The 2009 JPF Music Awards Nashville, TN USA.
Jimmi Roger Pedersen performs as solo bassist. Member of the modern Swedish jazz/fusion quartet Mwendo Dawa and Classic Jazz Duo with the Italian guitarist Giorgio Crobu.
Jimmi composes and publishes music for basses, and teaches master classes/workshops.
JRP hosts the Danish Bass Symposium, initiator to www.basdanmark.dk, former chairman of Danish Bass Society and now president for BASSEUROPE and artistic director of BASS2012 COPENHAGEN.
Prof. - University Hanns Eisler Berlin,
Prof. - University Hanns Eisler Berlin,
Stephan Petzold studied double bass from 1979-84 with Heinz Zimmer at the Hanns Eisler School of Music and with Lev Rakow at the Tchaikovsky Conservatoire.
In 1981 he was employed as a trainee at the Staatskapelle Berlin and two years later as principal double bass player at the Konzerthausorchester Berlin.
In 1987 Petzold was appointed to the Hanns Eisler School as a Professer. Many of his students have been employed by well-known orchestras. Moreover he had teaching appointments with various youth orchestras. He is an active member of several double bass societies and was the artistic director of BASS2010 in Berlin. He played as a soloist in productions for the WDR, rbb and Radio Moscow.
As a chamber musician he traveled with various ensembles to cultural metropolises in Asia, America and Europe. Since 1997 he has been busy with the optimisation of strings and instruments in collaboration with innovative string manufactures. He plays basses from Vincenzo Luccarini and William Gilkes.
Barre Phillips (born 1934 in San Francisco, California) is a jazz and free improvisation bassist. A professional musician since 1960. Since 1972 he has been based in southern France.
He studied briefly in 1959 with S. Charles Siani, Assistant Principal Bassist with the San Francisco Symphony During the 1960s he recorded with (among others) Eric Dolphy, Jimmy Giuffre, Archie Shepp, Attila Zoller, Lee Konitz and Marion Brown.
In the 1970s he worked with saxophonist John Surman and drummer Stu Martin. In the 1980s and 1990s he played regularly with the London Jazz Composers Orchestra led by fellow bassist Barry Guy. In 1991 he worked with Ornette Coleman on the soundtrack of the motion picture Naked Lunch.
As a free improviser he has worked with (among many others) bassists Peter Kowald and Joëlle Léandre, guitarist Derek Bailey, clarinetists Theo Jörgensmann and Aurélien Besnard, saxophonists Peter Brötzmann, Evan Parker and Joe Maneri, and pianist Paul Bley.
Josep Quer Agusti
Agusti, recently retired principal bassist of the Gran Orquestre del Teatro del Liceu in Barcelona, transcribes virtuoso violin showpieces for the double bass. Although he specializes in Catalan music, his broad repertoire ranges from Baroque compositions to contemporary concertos.Josep Quer worked as a teacher in a lot of Spanish conservatoriums (specially in Euzkadi and, in Lleida -Catalonia-).
He has recorded three CD’s on solo double bass music: Contrabaix nostre (ALTERNATIVA, 1993) and El bruixot del contrabaix: ALTERNATIVA, 1996); and El Duende. Homenatge a Pere Valls i Duran (PICAP, 2001). From 2001 on, he is working exclusively on compositions of Catalan composer Víctor García Acín.
Josep Quer plays a double bass solo in the soundtrack of the film “Babaouo” (1997) -based upon a story written by Salvador Dalí-, directed by Manuel Cussó i Ferrer and with original music by Catalan jazzman and piano player Manuel Camp.
Vitold Rek - double bassist, composer, educator - was born in 1955 in Rzeszów, south-east Poland. He studied classical double bass at the Cracow Academy of Music when Krzysztof Penderecki was rector there. His playing unites jazz influences with classical and East European folk elements. Festival appearances include Montreux Jazz Festival, London Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz, Willisau Jazz Festival, Berlin Jazz Festival, ISB Convention USA, Mexico Jazz Festival, Banlieus Bleues Festival in Paris and the Jazz Jamboree in Warsaw among many others. He has performed in the Purcell Room in London and in Olympia Paris.
Tomasz Stanko, Charlie Mariano, John Tchicai, Albert Mangelsdorff, Emil Mangelsdorff, Jasper van’t Hof, Dom Um Romao, Peter Giger, Christof Lauer and Shlomo Carlebach have featured among his key musical partners. He collaborates with the Frankfurt Radio HR Jazz Ensemble.
Vitold teaches jazz double bass at the Hochschule für Musik, Mainz , Germany.
Prof. - Santa Cecilia Conservatory Rome,
Daniele Roccato, double bass soloist and composer, has often been acclaimed as one of the major double bass virtuosos by international critics.
He strictly collaborated with Stefano Scodanibbio, with whom he founded “Ludus Gravis”.
He wrote the music for six plays by writer Vitaliano Trevisan.
He brought the double bass solist into pop music, performing trio projects (with Lucio Dalla and R. Vecchioni) and playing before 8 million viewers on RaiUno.
He did the first performance and recording of pieces by Alandia, Estrada, Gubaidulina, Henze.
He has worked on improvisation with Vinko Globokar, Thollem McDonas, Butch Morris, Mike Svoboda.
He often interacts with the world of dance, theatre and the visual arts.
He is professor at the “Santa Cecilia” Conservatory in Rome.
He regularly holds seminars in prestigious musical institutions and Universities.
He recorded for Wergo, Sony, Velut Luna, On Classical and Rai RadioTre.
He often figures as a jury member in international competitions.
Prof. - ArtEZ Institute of the Arts,
Graduating Cum Laude at the Conservatory of Amsterdam in 1977, Roelofsen continued his studies with cellist Anner Bijlsma in Amsterdam and Gary Karr in Hartford Connecticut.
In 1981 he was the first winner of the Netherlands Music Prize, the highest distinction to be given to a musician in the Netherlands. He became a pioneer of the bass with the aim to free the bass from its confinement to the orchestra, using the same approach as would be applied to any other string instrument.
From 1985 to 2004 he shared the solo bass position in the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra with Rudolf Senn.
He has been professor at the Rotterdam Conservatory since 1984 and the ArtEZ Messiaen Academy since 1994. His pupils play in major orchestras, three are professors in Germany.
As a soloist he has toured throughout Europe and the US. Since 1987 he organised more than 250 concerts as artistic director of the Tindal Chamber Music Society. He contributed many titles and recordings to the bass repertory.
Prof. - University Hanns Eisler Berlin,
Prof. - University Hanns Eisler Berlin,
1956-61 Studium Hochschule Leipzig bei Konrad Siebach
1961 als erste Kontrabassistin Deutschlands Engagement an das Berliner Sinfonie Orchester (heute Konzerthausorchester Berlin). Dort als 2.Solokontrabassistin bis 1986
1985 - 2003 Professor und Fachrichtungsleiter Kontrabass an der der Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin
seither weiterhin als Lehrbeauftragte für Kontrabass tätig
1964 Gründungsmitglied des BERLINER OKTETTs
Umfangreiche Konzerttätigkeit auf allen Kontinenten bis 1999
zahlreiche Schallplatteneinspielungen als Solistin und Kammermusikerin
1981 Ernennung zum Kammervirtuosen und Verleihung des Nationalpreises
Masterclasses in New York, London, Los Angeles, Houston, Dallas, Tokio, Michigan, Luzern, Jerusalem
Dozentin bei Festivals in Trossingen und Schleswig Holstein
Jurymitglied bei internationalen Wettbewerben in Genf, Edinburgh, Bukarest und Markneukirchen
Conservatorio di Musica G. Tartini, Trieste,
Born in Turin, 1960 and began studying double bass at the age of sixteen.
He soon began playing with various orchestras and performing throughout Europe and North America.
In 1994 Sciascia recorded his first CD: Opere per contrabbasso e pianoforte G. Bottesini. 10 more CDs were released with Rivo Alto Italy and King Records Japan. His latest release is Lux ex Tenebris.
June 2001, performing a recital at the Butler University of Indianapolis during the International Society of Bassists (ISB) Convention. He appeared also with recitals in 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2009.
In September 2004 he was invited to Japan, Tokyo, Osaka and Kobe. He has also taught master classes in Italy, Norway (Oslo Academy), Finland (Sibelius Academy in Helsinki), Trinity College of Music London, Riga Academy.
The Sciascia-Leonardi duo has been performing in Italy and abroad since 1994.
Principal Bass Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg,
Principal Bass Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg,
German bassist-composer Stefan Schäfer studied with Hans-Dieter Eschmann at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg.
After further studies with Klaus Stoll and Ovidiu Badila he won a first prize at Elise-Meyer-Wettbewerb. In 1993 he became a member of the Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg. Later he was appointed Principal Bass of the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker - in 2003 he became Principal Bass of the Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg.
Alongside his orchestral and teaching duties, Schäfer is a member of several chamber groups and chairman of the chamber music association kammermusik heute e.V.. As a soloist and chamber player he has recorded a number of CDs.
Since 1993 he is also teaching double bass at the Hamburger Konservatorium.
From 2010-12 he is Composer-in-Residence of the Pädagogische Arbeitsgemeinschaft Kontrabass Baden-Württemberg (Germany), to write new pieces for tution, workshop and competition.
Teacher (Suzuki) at Albertslund Music School,
Teacher (Suzuki) at Albertslund Music School,
Peter Skriver (Young Bassists Camp)
I am music teacher in Albertslund Musicschool, close to Copenhagen, where I teach Double Bass (Suzuki Double Bass and Jazz) for children from age 6 and up. I also teach piano and conduct our Symphony Orchestra.
I have studied at the Conservatoire in Copenhagen and with Mette Hanskov later. In 2007 I went to Chicago and Stevens Point to study the Suzuki Double Bass method. I was so excited so through the European Suzuki Association I got Virginia Dixon to come here to Copenhagen to teach the Suzuki Double Bass Books - and more Europeans got the examen now, including myself.
Currently living in Jutland, french bassist Brice Soniano graduated in 2005 from jazz and classical departements of The Hague Koninklijk Conservatorium (Netherlands) where he studied under the supervision of Knut Guettler, Hein van de Geyn, Jean Paul Everts and Frans van der Hoeven. Brice made then a travel to the rainforest of Cameroon to live with a Baka pygmee population (with a bass(!)
Since he returned he works all around Europe playing and recording mostly improvised music, avant garde jazz, and new music with musicians such as Harmen Fraanje, Michael Moore, Tobias Delius, Christian Mendoza, Mark Feldman, Alexi Tuomarila (...)
Brice gave a solo performance in tribute to Stefano Scodanibbio last March for the bass festival 'Mardi Graves' (France), and just recorded the first album with his Ensemble: Nelson Veras-guitar, Joachim Badenhorst-reeds, Toma Gouband-lithophone and percussions, and Juan Parra Cancino-live electronics.
Prof. - Royal Danish Academy of Music,
Michal Stadnicki lives currently in Denmark, where he works as a Concertmaster for the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra. He is also a Professor at the Danish Royal Academy of Music in Copenhagen.
Michal Stadnicki graduated of F. Chopin Music Academy in Warsaw the class of Prof. T. Pelczar and then he also taught there. In the period 1977-1981 he worked for National Philharmonic Orchestra in Warsaw. In the early 80`s he left for Mexico where he played first double bass for the National Opera and the world´s largest university´s orchestra in Mexico City. In 1985 he left for Berlin to become a Concertmaster for Berliner Symphoniker and to perform as a soloist.
Mr. Stadnicki is a laureate of the International Competition in Geneva (1983) and also a prize winner of Prix Suisse for the best performance of a Swiss composer´s piece. He leads master courses in Mexico, Spain, Germany, Poland, Denmark etc.
Bo Stief, acoustic and electric bassplayer, composer, producer, bandleader. Bo Stief is an established name on the international music scene.
He is one of the few who masters both the electric and acoustic bass the Danish virtous way. Stief is playing in an original, singing, lyrical way and is innovating on the highest level.
The last forty years Bo Stief played on the music scene all over the world with great names as Miles Davis, Dexter Gordon, Ben Webster, Don Cherry, John Scofield, Palle Mikkelborg, Steve Swallow, Stan Getz, Eddie Harris, Chet Baker, Toots Tielemanns, Pili Pili with Angelique Kidjo and many others.Django dór pricewinner.
Since the eighties Bo Stief has been leading his own groups with mayor success, (Bo Stief Chaseing Dreams, Bo Stief One Song iii.) Bo Stief is playing an important part in the Grammy-winning production “Aura” with Palle Mikkelborg and Miles Davis.
Prof. - University of Nebraska-Lincoln,
Past-President of the International Society of Bassists, Hans Sturm has toured six continents as a symphonic, jazz, and chamber musician. He has contributed performances and compositions to over fifty jazz and chamber music recordings including releases on Blue Note, Music & Arts, Cadence, Innova, and Red Mark.
He is the producer of the award-winning state-of-the-art pedagogical DVDs Art of the Bow with François Rabbath and Art of the Left Hand with François Rabbath that feature lecture/demonstrations, live performances, interviews, and biomechanics animations.
He has served on the juries of numerous national and international solo, jazz, and composition competitions including competitions organized by the International Society of Bassists and the American String Teacher's Association. His major teachers included Anthony Bianco, Richard Davis, Jeff Bradetich, and François Rabbath.
Hans is Professor of Double Bass and Jazz Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Prof. - Norwegian Academy of Music,
Dan S studied w Göran Nyberg, Knut Guettler and Gary Karr.
He played principal bass w/Norwegian Opera Orch. and Norwegian Chamber Orch. Styffe is now Co-Principal w/Oslo Philharmonic Orch.
Styffe performs internationally as soloist and chamber musician at Conventions, recital series and at Festivals. He records CDs for SIMAX Classics with great international acclaim and his 4th CD will be released during BASS2012.
He plays a Gasparo da Salo bass fron ca 1580 owned by Dextra Musica Foundation, Sparebankstftelsen DNB Nor.
Bassplayer, born on Dec. 7 1948 in Copenhagen.
Ass. Prof. - Louisiana State University,
Bass players with great technique and supreme artistry are non-existent. Well, there are a few exceptions: the legendary Gary Karr, of course, Eugene Levinson of the New York Philharmonic, and now Yung-chiao Wei, a young, multitalented female bassist from Taiwan. Wei is a phenomenon. She began playing the piano at age six and the double bass at twelve, and has excelled at both, having won the 2003 Taiwan Young Concert Artist Competition, the second prize (no first prize was awarded) and Audience Prize in the 2001 Izuminomori Int Double Bass/Cello Competition in Japan, The New World Symphony Concerto Competition. Yung-chiao Wei has appeared at major concert halls around the world including Carnegie Hall, Davis Hall, Jordan Hall, the Isabella Stewart Garden Museum, Ozawa Hall, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, The National Concert Hall of Taiwan and Izuminomori Hall in Japan. Her teachers include James Vandemark, Lawrence Wolfe, Stuart Sankey, Jeff Turner, Derek Weller and Claudia Chen.
Anthony Aibel, New York Concert Review Inc. Spring 2004
Teacher and freelancer,
Teacher and freelancer,
Karen Wetke (Young Bassists Camp)
Karen Wetke was educated at the Royal Danish Academy of Music. Today she teaches at the music schools in Copenhagen, Køge, Greve and Rudersdal. She teaches children from age 6 years and up.
Wetke plays freelance and in a double bass quartet. She conducts the string orchestras Kvint and Sydkysten Strygeorkester.
She is married and has 2 little girls. She says: "It is a great pleasure to play the bass and I love the deep, soft and warm tones."
At BASS2012, Wetke will be Head of Young Bassists Camp.
Freelance & teacher,
A lyrical double-bassist in the tradition Red Mitchell, Simon Woolf has enjoyed long associations with leading UK jazz artists Andy Panayi, Mark Nightingale, Geoff Simkins, Dave Cliff, Peter Jacobsen, Bobby Wellins and been heard accompanying such US jazz greats as Benny Golson, Harry Allen, Ruby Braff, George van Eps & Howard Alden.
Musical theatre has included on-stage appearences in West End runs of Cy Coleman’s ‘I Love My Wife’ & the National Theatre production of ‘High Society’. Simon Woolf studied initially with Tristano disciple Peter Ind, latterly with orchestral maestro Tom Martin & jazz legend Michael Moore (ex Bill Evans, Bob Brookmeyer, currently Dave Brubeck). An active teacher himself, many of Simon Woolf’s students have gone on to successful careers on the London Jazz scene.
Simon also performs live on piano and writes and arranges for his own and other ensembles. Latterly he has completed full teacher training and works with some jazzy youngsters in local schools.
Prof. - McGill University, Montréal,
Ali Kian Yazdanfar started playing the bass at the age of 7, but his interest in science led to a physics degree from The Johns Hopkins University. At the same time, he continued to study the double bass, first with Paul Johnson and Hal Robinson and then with Paul Ellison and François Rabbath.
Presently solo bass with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Mr. Yazdanfar has also appeared as solo bass with the San Francisco Symphony and the National Arts Center Orchestra, and was also a member of the Houston and National (Washington) Symphonies. An avid chamber musician, he co-founded the Ensemble Ulysse, a chamber music series in Washington, DC. He has given solo recitals throughout North America and was a prizewinner in the 2005 ISB solo competition.
In addition to being on the faculty of McGill University's Schulich School of Music, he spends his summers at festivals such as Le Domaine Forget, the Orford Arts Center, the National Orchestral Institute, and Bass Club (England).
Studies in the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna in the class of Prof. Ludwig Streicher.
Co-Principal in the Radiosymphonieorchester ORF-RSO, Vienna.
Teacher in the Joseph-Haydn-Conservatory in Eisenstadt, Austria
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