Thierry Barbé

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tbarbe.jpgThierry Barbé is principal bass of the orchestra of the Opéra National de Paris (Paris National Opera) and, since 2000, professor of double bass at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et Danse de Paris (National Superior Conservatory of Music of Paris).


  Born in Metz, a town situated in the Lorraine region of Eastern France, in the heart of Europe, Barbé studied piano and double bass while simultaneously pursuing a degree in science, before devoting himself exclusively to music at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris, where he earned degrees in music theory, music history, and a Premier Prix in double bass. After entering the orchestra of the Paris Opera in 1983 (where he is currently principal bassist), he continued studying electro-acoustic music and conducting.
Barbé’s passion is to perform in concert with piano, and he has played recitals and conducted master classes in Brazil (Brazilia), Georgia (USA), the United Kingdom (British and International Bass Forum), Portugal (Porto), Spain ( Barcelona) and Capbreton (France). He has taught the double bass since 1982, notably at the Conservatoire National de Région (National Regional Conservatory) in Saint Maur. He appreciates all styles of music, from Bach to Xenakis, world music and jazz, and frequently performs his own compositions (his first compact disc, Nomade, was released in 1998). 

Barbé has experimented with numerous technical approaches to the double bass—Italian, French, German, from Rollez to Rabbath—and seeks to reconcile them. He endeavors to perform music sensitively with the legendary “French touch.” 

Since 2001, Barbé has succeeded Pierre Hellouin as president of the French Bass Society (Association des Bassistes et Contrebassistes de France or ABCDF), and is the webmaster of its site He is passionate about stimulating the activity of the double bass community in his country, and invites everyone to attend the convention at the Paris Conservatory in oct-November 2008.

Božo Paradžik

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Božo Paradžik, double bass, Professor of Double Bass in Freiburg, Germany. Born in Zagreb, Božo Paradžik received his fi rst lessons at the age of 13. Already before graduating from the Prague Music Academy he was off ered his fi rst position as solo double bass player at the Residentie Orchester, Den Haag, in 1991. He later joined the Radio Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart.

Božo Paradžik is fi rst and foremost known for his solo work. At the age of 16 he made his fi rst recordings for the then Yugoslav broadcasting association. Between 1996 and 2001 Paradžik recorded a series of CDs for the SWR. He achieved worldwide fame with his solo CD for the EMI label, the only CD ever to have been recorded with works for solo double bass.

As a soloist Božo Paradžik has appeared with many orchestras and chamber music partners in the musical centres of Germany, Great Britain, France, the Netherlands, Poland, the Czech Republic and the entire «ex-Yugoslavia». His artistic achievements have been honoured highly, thus Paradžik is the recipient of the rarely awarded Generation Prize of the Prague Music Academy and «Orlando», a prize conferred by the Croatian Radio and Broadcasting Association for the most outstanding appearance at the international summer festival in Dubrovnik in 2002.

David Murray

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David Murray has an international reputation as a solo bassist and teacher. He is currently Associate Professor of Bass at Butler University in Indianapolis and Principal Bassist of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra. He also plays as Principal Bassist with Sinfonia da Camera in Urbana, Illinois, and at the Bear Valley Music Festival in northern California. Before coming to Indianapolis, David was Instructor of Bass at West Texas A&M University. David’s first private teacher was bass virtuoso Gary Karr, with whom he studied in high-school and at the Hartt Music School in Connecticut. Summers were spent at Tanglewood and the Aspen Music Festival, where he worked with Stuart Sankey. In 1981 he won the Aspen concerto competition. In Los Angeles in1988 he won the International Society of Bassists (ISB) Solo Competition, the first prize being a solo debut at Carnegie Hall. David has performed as soloist and given clinics and masterclasses throughout the United States, Canada, South Korea, Brazil, Israel, Scotland, Poland, and Holland. In June, 2001, David hosted the ISB convention at Butler University  for 800 bassists from 27 countries, and is currently Past-President of the ISB. He has recorded two solo CD’s and released a video of theater music in the spring of 2003. His most recent CD, “Duetti Dolci” a collection of duos, was released in 2007 with bassist Diana Gannett.

“…to hear David Murray play it, the string bass is a vastly and unjustly neglected instrument. Murray…became a prime spokesman for the instrument.”  Denver Post

“…Murray is a top-notch player.”    Indianapolis Star


Rinat Ibragimov

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Rinat Ibragimov is known as Principal Double Bass of one of the world's leading orchestras as well as a soloist and teacher.
He studied at the Ippolitov-Ivanov College with Georgy Favorsky and at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatoire with Professor Eugeny Kolosov.
He won the first prizes in the All Soviet Union Double Bass Competition (1984) and in the Giovanni Bottesini International competition in Parma, Italy (1989).
From 1983-1997 he was working as the principal double bass of the Bolshoi Theatre orchestra, the “Academy of Ancient Music”, “Moscow Soloists” and the “The Soloists of the Moscow Philharmonic.”
Between 1991-1997 he was teaching the double bass at the Moscow Conservatoire, Moscow Conservatory Music College, Central Specialist Music School.
His recordings include a CD featuring the music for double bass by Giovanni Bottesini (released in Paris in 1995), a CD with works by Russian composers recorded with “The Soloists of the Bolshoi Theatre” (released in Moscow in 1991).
Having received his training as a conductor with Dmitri Kitaenko and Igor Dronov at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatoire, Rinat was invited to become the conductor and artistic director of the “Moscow Instrumental Capella”, the post he held between 1995-1998. He still regularly collaborates with them both as conductor and soloist.
Since 1996 Rinat has been principal double bass with the London Symphony Orchestra.
He is also professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama since 1999 and professor at the Royal College of Music since 2007.


Paul Ellison

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Performing solo and ensemble concerts as well as giving master classes on the double bass and period instruments on four continents, PAUL ELLISON is the Lynette S. Autrey Professor of Double Bass and chair of strings at Rice Univesity’s Shepherd School of Music, Pedagogical Advisor at the Coburn School of the Arts, Los Angeles, and guest tutor at the Yehudi Menuhin School, the Royal College of Music, and Bass Club, England. Summer positions include principal bass at the Grand Teton Music Festival and faculty/performer at Festival Domaine Forget, Quebec. Former students hold titled positions in major ensembles and institutions of higher learning on five continents.

Previous positions include principal bass of Houston Symphony, Houston Grand Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Aspen Festival Orchestras (also faculty), professor of double bass and chair of strings at the University of Southern California, and president of the International Society of Bassists. Ellison was the first to receive both the diploma and teaching certificate from Institut International Rabbath, Paris. “...The treat of the afternoon turned out to be hearing the double bass as a solo instrument...Paul Ellison...demonstrated virtuosity. [The] bass shines as [the] music festival gets underway.”

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