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Catalin Rotaru

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rotaru.gifCatalin Rotaru, double bass, joined the School of Music at Arizona State University, in 2005. Mr. Rotaru is in demand as a performer and clinician throughout the world. He is a licentiate of the National University of Music from Bucharest, Romania and holds a Master’s degree in music performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Previously he was Associate Professor of Double Bass and Jazz Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, taught at Millikin University, and at the University of Illinois. He has performed both solo classical and jazz bass throughout Europe, the United States, South America and Asia. He served as associate principal bass in the Romanian National Radio Orchestra, principal bass in the Sibiu Philharmonic Orchestra, Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra of Bucharest, Danville Symphony Orchestra, Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra, associate principal and principal bass in Sinfonia Da Camera, and principal bass of the Orchestra Sinfonica Europea. Mr. Rotaru collaborates frequently with the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra and Arizona Opera and performs extensively as soloist in recitals or with symphony orchestras throughout the United States and abroad, giving numerous clinics and master classes. He received the second prize at the 1997 International Society of Bassists Solo Division Competition and the Jury's Special Award for the best performance of the required piece at that competition. He was the winner of the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts Debut Recital Award in 1997, and received the Central Illinois Chapter of the National Society of Arts and Letters Award in 1996. Mr. Rotaru recently completed recording his debut solo CD, entitled Bass*ic Cello Notes released by Summit Records in March 2007. For the last several years, Professor Rotaru has been a frequent solo performer and gave master classes at many prestigious festivals in United States, Asia, Europe and South America. He is also an active member of the International Society of Bassists where he currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors and was the Chair of the Solo Division for the 2007 double bass competition during the Convention. Mr. Rotaru performs on a modern double bass made in Italy by Luciano Golia and a bow made by Marco Pasquino.

 

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John Goldsby

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John Goldsby has played bass with the Grammy Award-winning Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR) Big Band in Cologne, Germany since 1994.  Originally from Louisville, U.S.A., he was a protagonist on the New York jazz scene from 1980 through 1994. His recordings as leader include Live at the Nachbar [with Jacob Duncan and Jason Tiemann on Bass Lion Records], Cologne [a cooperative trio with Bill Dobbins and Peter Erskine on Fuzzy Music], Viewpoint [Nagel Heyer], and Tale of the Fingers [Concord], in addition to countless recordings as a sideman. He teaches at the Folkwang Hochschule in Essen, Germany. His latest book is The Jazz Bass Book [Backbeat Books], the complete history of jazz bassists and their techniques. He has also published Jazz Bowing Techniques for the Improvising Bassist [Aebersold Jazz] and Bass Notes [Aebersold Jazz]. John has written regularly for Bass Player Magazine (USA), Double Bassist Magazine (GB) and Bass Professor Magazine (Germany). For more info, visit his webpage at www.goldsby.de For audio and video bass lessons by email, contact John at Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.

 

 

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François Rabbath

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François Rabbath (Paris) is one of the great musicians of our time. He is a former member of the Paris Opera Orchestra and currently resides in Paris. He is completely self taught on the double bass and his approach to the instrument has revolutionized bass playing. He has created a new idiomatic repertoire for solo double bass which reflects compositional influences from J.S. Bach to jazz by way of the Middle East. His playing has been described as a combination of astounding virtuosity and sensuous expression.
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Dan Styffe

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Dan Styffe, Swedish born double-bassist now living in Oslo, Norway
After starting on the electric bass playing rock and jazz, Styffe started his classical studies with Göran Nyberg in Sweden and then went on to Prof. Knut Guettler in Oslo and Prof. Gary Karr in USA.
1982 hestarted as Principal Double Bassist in the Norwegian Opera Orchestra. He is now member of  the Norwegian Chamber Orch and Co-Principal in Oslo Philharmonic.
He was member of the chamber group Borealis. Styffe teaches at the Norwegian Academy of Music and at Barratt Dues Institute of Music.
Styffe has recorded (along many chamber-music and orchestra CDs) two solo CDs which has won very good international acclaim (“Double Bass Dan Styffe” and “Revisited Dan Styffe”. Both on SIMAX Classics)..
A third CD is just recorded (including among others Pärt: Schäfer, Ramsier, Hauta-aho, Lavista ) and new CDs are planned on the Norwegian label SIMAX Classics.
Just recently an English CD with Styffe as one of two double bass soloists was released on the label Campion. Styffe has commissioned and world-premiered numerous contemporary pieces. At the moment Norwegian composer Ruben Sverre Gjertsen and Swedish Fredrik Högberg is composing new pieces. Styffe often participates on music festivals both in Norway and internationally as a soloist and as chamber musician. Styffe plays a double-bass made by Gasparo da Salo owned by Dextra Musica.
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Joëlle Léandre

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French double bass player, improviser and composer Joëlle Léandre is one of the dominant figures of the new European music. Trained in orchestral as well as contemporary music, she has played with Itinéraire, 2e2m and Pierre Boulez’s Ensemble intercontemporain. Joëlle Léandre has also worked with Merce Cunningham and with John Cage, who has composed especially for her — as have Scelsi, Fénelon, Jolas and Clémenti. As well as working in contemporary music, Léandre has played with some of the great names in jazz and improvisation, such as Derek Beley, Anthony Braxton, Georges Lewis, Evan Parker, Irène Schweizer, Steve Lacy, Fred Frith and John Zorn. She has written extensively for dance and theatre, and has staged a number of multidisciplinary performances. Her reputation is international, and her work as a composer and a performer, both in solo recitals and as part of ensembles, has put her under the lights of the most prestigious stages of Europe, the Americas and Asia. Joëlle Léandre also has more than a hundred recordings to her credit.

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