Graham Mitchell

Winner of the 1998 Scottish Bass Trust International Competition, Graham was born in Scotland and started playing the double bass at the age of 15. He studied with Duncan McTier at the Royal Northern College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music. On graduating from the Royal Academy of Music in 1998, Graham was invited to become professor of Double Bass, and in 2002 he was awarded an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM) for outstanding achievement in the music profession.

Graham enjoys a busy and varied chamber music career, both performing and recording for BBC Radio 3. Among others he has performed with the Nash Ensemble, Leopold String Trio, the Florestan, Angel and Gould Piano Trios and the Composers Ensemble. Graham has recorded Schubert’s Trout Quintet with the Leopold Trio and pianist Paul Lewis under Hyperion, and its release has been a huge success including being chosen for Recording of the Week for Classic FM and HMV. He has been a member of the Philharmonia Orchestra since 1998, works regularly with the Berlin Philharmonic and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe (COE) and has been guest principal with the Royal Concertgebouw, Royal Philharmonic, Stuttgart Radio (SWR), BBC NOW, English National Opera (ENO), Welsh National Opera (WNO), Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia, London Sinfonietta, Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa (Japan) and the London Chamber Orchestra. Graham is also a guest tutor for the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain (NYO)

As a soloist Graham has performed Bottesini’s Concerto in B minor with the Oare String Orchestra, Bottesini’s Grand Duo for Violin and Double Bass with the Martel Ensemble (director Malcolm Layfield), Fantasy on La Sonnambula with the English Soloists’ Ensemble and Sound Collective and the Passione Amorosa with Matthew MacDonald (Principal Solo Bass, Berlin Philharmonic). He was the first double bass player to perform at the Manchester International Cello Festival where he performed Rossini’s Duetto for cello and bass.

In recent years, he has performed with the Florestan and Gould piano trios at the Peasmarsh and Corbridge chamber festivals, a duet with world-renowned jazz bassist John Patitucci in Mark Anthony Turnage’s A Prayer out of Stillness. Graham was invited by Steven Isserlis to perform at the IMS Prussia Cove Chamber Festival followed by a national tour and Wigmore Hall performance. These performances resulted in IMS Prussia Cove winning the chamber prize at the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society Awards in 2008.

Graham was a mentor at the Mendelssohn and Mull Festival with Levon Chilingirian, as well as the IMS Prussia Cove Chamber Festivals and performing at the Kungsbacka festival with the Kungsbacka Piano Trio and Lawrence Power.

He is extremely grateful to the Stradivari Trust in helping him acquire his 1750 Italian double bass attributed to the Testore family.

Barbro Lennstam

Jag startade Livsmusik 2003 och har sedan starten fokuserat på musikverksamhet och utveckling av metoder för att främja kreativitet, självförtroende och självkänsla speciellt för musiker och andra kreativa yrken.
I mer än 35 år har jag arbetat som klassisk musiker, mitt instrument är kontrabas.

Musiken har gett mig mycket på alla plan och låtit mig musicera med fantastiska musiker och att få resa över hela världen.
Jag har också medverkat på hundratalet skivor och spelat in filmmusik. Orkestrar som jag spelat i är bl.a. Sveriges Radios Symfoniorkester, Stockholms Filharmoniska orkester,

Uppsala Kammarorkester, Kungliga Operan, Göteborgsoperan, Malmö Symfoniorkester, Helsingborgs symfoniorkester, Musica Vitae, Haydn Sinfonietta Wien, Landestheater Detmold, Gävle symfoniorkester, Dalasinfoniettan, Västerås Sinfonetta,
Uppsala Kammarorkester, Camerata Nordica,
Stockholms nya kammarorkester (Snyko) ,
Det Norske Kammerorkester, Svenska Barockorkestern.
Mina studier innefattar 4 år på Musikhögskolan i Stockholm med pedagogexamen, och 3 år på Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst i Wien som avslutades med diplomexamen.
På Musikhögskolan i Malmö hade jag hand om utbildningen i kontrabas under 3 år.
Jag är Diplomerad Soullife terapeut och  Diplomerad Reflexolog sedan 2003 och har gått utbildningar i Soullife terapi, Body Harmony, Tredimensionell Zonterapi, Ortobionomi, Akupressur,  Öron-akupunktur och Basmedicin

Joel Larsson

Studied in Göteborg, Zürich and Tromsø. Worked in many of Sweden leading orchestras, including Camerata Nordica, the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, and the Royal Opera in Stockholm. In 2014 he was appointed solo double bass in the Växjö-based chamber orchestra Musica Vitae, with which he has also performed as a soloist, and toured all of Sweden’s major concert halls. Artistic director of the ensemble is Malin Broman.

Web page: www.musicavitae.com

Caroline Emry

Having an international reputation as a teacher of all age groups, including the largest bass class at the RCM for over ten years now, Caroline Emery’s contribution to the double bass world is unique. After graduating from music college and subsequently gaining a teaching qualification, she became the leading exponent of the Yorke Mini-Bass Project from its inception in 1984. Since then she has taught in state schools, independent schools and privately. 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. She has coached the National Youth Orchestras of both Norway and Nordic Lands. 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 and was appointed to the professorial staff of the RCM in 1995. In 1991, she became the first ever double bass teacher at the Yehudi Menuhin School. Caroline received a special achievement award for teaching from the International Society of Bassists in 1997 and was awarded Honorary Membership of the Royal College of Music in 2000.

Caroline’s recent professional playing engagements have included two orchestras in Sweden, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. She is also a founder member of Vent, a period instrument chamber music ensemble.

Caroline’s students are now working with all the major orchestras in England including LSO, BBC Concert and Philharmonia as well as orchestras in Sweden, Germany and the Concertgebouw in Holland. Many of her students have won trials in the Liverpool Philharmonic, BBC Symphony and Concert Orchestras, Royal Philharmonic, BBC Welsh, ENO, BBC Scottish and the Philharmonia. Full Positions are held in the LSO, BBC Concert, Malmo Symphony and Norlands Operan Sweden.

After winning a National Lottery bid for commissioning new music, Caroline’s passion for new repertoire has been increased and she has enabled some 40 new works for double bass to be written including four concertos. Jan Alm’s second quartet for basses went on to win the International Society of Bassist’s Composition Competition in 2001.

Caroline has given classes in the last four years in Italy, Sweden, Canada, Spain and most recently she worked with Francois Rabbath and George Vance in Washington DC in August 2007.

In May, Caroline was responsible for leading a bass weekend at the RCM, where François Rabbath performed Frank Proto’s Variants with the JD Symphony Orchestra and the coming of age of the Mini Bass Course at the RCM was celebrated. A festival of chamber music and masterclasses given by François Rabbath, Paul Ellison, Jan Alm, Gareth Wood and Caroline Emery was a great success and was the largest bass gathering that London has seen for decades.

Rick Stotijn

Rick Stotijn, these days, is considered one of the most leading bass players in the
world. He received his first lessons at the age of eight, studied at the
Conservatory in Amsterdam with his father Peter Stotijn where he graduated with
the highest distinction. Later on he studied with Bozo Paradzik at the Hochschule
in Freiburg. Rick won several first prizes at a.o the Princess Christina
petition, the Young Musical Talent Foundation and in 2013 the highest
accolade awarded to a musician in the Netherlands, the Dutch Music Prize. The
Jury wrote: “Rick is a versatile musician with a moving musicality and a
overwhelming virtuosity.”
Many solo appearances at home and abroad were soon to follow including a
Carte Blanche series of 4 concerts in the small hall of the Concertgebouw
Amsterdam. Rick Stotijn performs regularly as soloist with Orchestra’s such as
the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Rotterdam
Chamber Orchestra, Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonie Zuid
Nederland and the Residentie Orchestra The Hague. In the ing seasons Rick
will expand his soloist activities and work with a.o. Musica Vitae Sweden,
Joensuu Symphony Orchestra and The Radio Philharmonic Orchestra who
missioned a new double bass concerto by Martijn Padding for the Saturday
Matinee series in Concertgebouw Amsterdam. Rick is very much in demand in
programming new music for his instrument which resulted in newly written pieces
for him by Roel van Oosten, Kees Olthuis, Rene Samson, Michel van der Aa,
Ned Rorem, Martijn Padding and Britta Byström. As a chamber musician he has
worked with Janine Jansen, Christianne Stotijn, Liza Ferschtman, Robert Holl,
Mischa Maisky, Lavinia Meijer, Bram van Sambeek, Julius Drake, Cecilia
Bernardini, Vilde Frang, Amihai Grosz, Julian Rachlin, Candida Thompson,
Lawrence Power, Simon Crawford Phillips Johannes Rostamo and many others.
Rick was, together with his sister Christianne, guest artist at the famous dutch
Prinsengracht Concert which was broadcasted live on Dutch television. A
European trio tour with Christianne and pianist Joseph Breinl followed.Rick is also
a regular guest at festivals such as the Lucerne Festival, Delft Chamber Music
Festival and the International Chamber Music Festival of Janine Jansen in
Utrecht.
His first Bottesini CD, which came out in 2012, received raving reviews:

… Rick Stotijn is a first rate virtuoso, a real master of his instrument
… Stotijn let his bass sing, his technique is pheno­menal
… A disc not to be missed, the best Bottesini cd ever?!
… This disc stands on a class of it’s own.

His second cd BASSO BAILANDO has been released in spring 2014 and was received with highest appreciation in magazines such as the Strad, Gramophone.

Rick was principal double bass in the Arnhem Philharmonic
Orchestra, Rundfunk Sinfonie Orchester Berlin, Amsterdam Sinfonietta and is
currently principal in the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. As guest principal
Rick plays regularly in the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw
Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Orchestra Mozart and the Mahler
Chamber Orchestra. Rick is teaching at the Conservatory of Amsterdam and will
be the new Professor Double Bass at the Robert Schumann Hochschule
Dusseldorf from September 2015. He performs on a Raffaele & Antonio
Gagliano double bass, generously loaned by the
National Musical Instrument Foundation.

www.rickstotijn.com

Sébastien Dubé

Sebastien Dubé began his musical studies at Conservatoire du Québec, where he graduated with a Dîplome d’études supérieures, continuing at Rice University (Houston, Texas) and then for two years at the University of Southern California, where he completed his Master’s degree,  studying both jazz and classical music. His principal teachers were Luc Sévigny, Paul Ellison, Dennis Trembly, John Clayton and Edwin Barker. Dubé worked as a freelancer in North America for two years with different orchestras, such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Houston Symphony, l’Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, etc., before moving to Scandinavia. From 1993 to 1996 he was Assistant Principal Double Bass at the Bergen Philharmonic; from 1996 to 2000 Principal Bass of Norrlands Opera. In 2000 he took up the position of Principal Bass of the Swedish Chamber Orchestra. He has also appeared as a soloist with some of these orchestras.

His entire life has been devoted to working with different types of music, mostly jazz, folk music and of course classical – today, parallel to his orchestra career, he works with jazz in the Ivar Kolve Trio, Jonas Knutson Quartet, and in the duo Maria Johanson and Sébastien Dubé (bass and vocal), among others. His folk music partners include the Ale Möller Band, Duo Nyckelharpa and Bass (Torbjörn Näsbom), Harv, etc. In his remaining time, he organises concerts mixing different types of music and musicians together, including world music, jazz, folk or classical and sometimes even with symphony orchestras!

Sébastien Dubé recently began teaching at the Domaine Forget Summer Festival in Québec, coaching for the Baltic Youth Philharmonic and now also holds positions on the faculties at Örebro Universitet and Ingesund Högskola.

His goal is to learn as much as he can about music, with the help of his bass

Knut Erik Sundquist

One of Norway’s foremost double bass players, Knut Erik Sundquist was a member of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra for seven years and now performs regularly with the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra and Norwegian Baroque Orchestra, the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Claudio Abbado. He has performed with such artists as Leif Ove Andsnes and the Orion String Quartet.

Mr. Sundquist also plays with the Ensemble Modern in Frankfurt, Germany, a group which performs the most important contemporary music. When he is at home in Harstad in northern Norway, he is the double bass musician in the Division Music Corps there.

A former soccer player, Mr. Sundquist gave up the sport to study music, beginning his studies on a home-made double bass constructed from a tabletop and the neck of his father’s guitar. He first started playing jazz, then joined the orchestra in his hometown of Tromsø. He fondly recalls that “the Mozart Requiem awakened life in me.” He went on to study in Vienna for several years.

Mr. Sundquist’s recitals are applauded both at home in Norway and abroad. He was honored recently with the jury prize at the Northern Lights Festival, an award that recognizes his achievements throughout his musical career. He has been praised for his “sovereign control over the double bass, both musically and technically” and for coaxing elegantly clean and beautiful sounds from its strings.

Duncan McTier

Winner of the 1982 Isle of Man International Double Bass Competition, Duncan McTier is recognised as one of the world’s foremost double bass soloists and teachers. He has given in excess of 400 solo performances worldwide and inspired a host of superlatives from critics.

Duncan McTier has appeared as soloist in more than twenty countries, with many leading orchestras, including the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, English and Scottish Chamber Orchestras, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, RTVE Symphony Orchestra, Musikkollegium Winterthur and Lausanne Chamber Orchestras. He has made more than fifty solo recordings for radio, television and record companies and his Tarantella CD, with pianist Kathron Sturrock, was described in The Strad as containing “some of the most refined bass playing you are ever likely to hear”. Two more CDs, Capriccio and Sonata, have since been released to much critical acclaim.

Born in Stourbridge, Worcestershire, Duncan McTier graduated from Bristol University with an Honours degree in Mathematical Sciences before joining the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the age of 20. Two years later he became principal bass of the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, where he remained for seven years before returning to England to concentrate on a career as soloist, chamber musician and teacher. Composers who have written works especially for him include Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Robin Holloway, John Casken, John Hawkins, Gavin Bryars and Derek Bourgeois.

Duncan McTier is Professor of Double Bass at the Royal Academy of Music in London, the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste in Switzerland, and the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofia in Madrid. He gives masterclasses all over the world and holds a summer course at the Académie de Musique Tibor Varga in Sion, Switzerland. Honours awarded him include Honorary Membership of the Royal Academy of Music and Fellowship of the Royal Northern College of Music. He is a member of the Nash Ensemble and the Fibonacci Sequence.

www.duncanmctier.co.uk

Christine Hoock

CHRISTINE HOOCK is internationally active as an inspiring double bass soloist and chamber musician. She studied with Günter Klaus and Franco Petracchi in Frankfurt and Geneva. A versatile virtuoso, Christine Hoock can be heard in the most varied constellations in classical music, world music and jazz. This is also reflected in her highly varied discography. Her artistic partners include Benjamin Schmid, Alessandro Taverna, Quadro Nuevo, Winfried Rademacher and John Goldsby. Christine Hoock’s guest appearances have included those at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the Lucerne Festival, the MusikTriennale in Cologne and at the Berlin and Salzburg Festivals. Concert tours have taken her all around the world. Christine Hoock is Professor of Double Bass at the Mozarteum University Salzburg and guestprofessor at the China Conservatory in Beijing. Alongside her active concert activities, she gives master classes at international academies and festivals, also cooperating worldwide as a juror at competitions.

Joel Quarrington

For over thirty years, Joel Quarrington has served as the Principal Double Bassist of many ensembles, including the Canadian Opera Company, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa. In August 2013 he becomes the new Principal Bassist for the famous London Symphony Orchestra.

Reviewing his debut recital for the International Society of Bassists Oklahoma City convention in June of 2007, England’s Double Bassist magazine said, “his performance was mesmerizing – his trademark bel canto playing style brought an otherworldly quality to Bottesini’s Elegy in D…impeccable articulation, a rich tonal palette, absolute control and crystalline clarity.” Reviews such as this have confirmed his reputation as one of today’s leading double bassists.

Born in Toronto, Joel Quarrington began playing the bass at the age of eleven in order to complete a bluegrass/folk trio with his two older brothers, Tony and Paul. Tony Quarrington is the acclaimed jazz guitarist and composer and Paul was the beloved novelist, musician and writer who passed away in January 2010.

Joel began formal studies of the double bass when he was thirteen with Thomas Monohan, the late principal bassist of the Toronto Symphony as well as Peter Madgett who was also a member of the Toronto Symphony. Upon graduation from the University of Toronto, he was awarded the “Eaton Scholarship” as the school’s most outstanding graduate. Subsequent studies took him to Italy and Austria where he studied with two legendary bass masters, Franco Petracchi and Ludwig Streicher. Joel is a winner of the Geneva International Competition and the CBC Talent Competition, and has made solo appearances across Canada, the United States, Europe and China. In April of 2005 he had the honour of playing the world premier John Harbison’s Concerto for Bass with the Toronto Symphony and conductor Hugh Wolf.

Joel teaches in the summers at the Orford Arts Centre in Quebec’s beautiful Eastern Townships where his master classes have attracted players from around the world. He has been a guest teacher for the Danish Bass Society, the Polish Bass Society, Beijing’s China Conservatory, the Australian String Academy, London’s Royal Academy of Music, Double Bass Kaleidoscope at Michaelstein (Germany) and most recently at the Federal University Rio Grande do Sul in Porto Alegre, Brazil.

He has performed with many of the world’s leading string quartets including the Orford, Vermeer, Cleveland, Colorado, St. Lawrence, Allegri, Artis, Leipzig and Tokyo Quartets as well as the Pinchas Zukerman Chamber Players. Their Sony recording of Schubert’s Trout Quintet with Yefim Bronfman became an instant classic. He is particularly honoured to have been a part of a 1982 recording session with the legendary Glenn Gould for the soundtrack of Timothy Findley’s The Wars. Written for solo cello and bass and based on Brahms’ Intermezzi, this turned out to be the last music composed by Gould before his untimely death.

Joel has made several solo recordings that have made him famous at least in the bass world. In April 2010, his recording, “Garden Scene”, won the 2010 Juno Award for Best Classical Recording. It was released by the Analekta label and features music of Korngold, Gliere, M.Weinberg, J.C. Bach and Bottesini. June 2013 marks the release of his latest recording “Brothers in Brahms”, which features music of Robert Fuchs, Robert Schumann and the 1st Violin Sonata in G op.78 by Johannes Brahms. He was very happy to collaborate with the outstanding young Canadian pianist, David Jalbert for this project.

Award for Outstanding Solo Performance from the International Society of Bassists and has been a featured performer at their biennial convention on three occasions.

He performs on an Italian bass made in 1630 by the Italian master, Santo Paolo Maggini and is an enthusiastic advocate of the historical practice of tuning the bass in fifths (CGDA, an octave lower than the cello) rather than the customary fourths. He believes fifths tuning leads to clearer and more accurate performance in all ranges of the bass, as well as greater tonal richness.

In his spare time, Joel is a truly terrible Erhu player (chinese two string violin) and has already released his seventh erhu cd, “Erhu’s (the) Greatest; A Golden Decade” which is a compilation disc and features the Quarrington Brothers 1999 appearence on Peter Gzwoski’s CBC radio show “Morningside” as well as highlights from such memorable recordings as “Country Erhu ’98″, “Everybody Digs the Erhu”, “The Three Erhus at the Acropolis” and “Erhus From Beyond the Galaxy”.

Joel is married to cellist Carole Sirois, and they live happily beside the Gatineau Park near Chelsea, Quebec with their prized cat Timinou.