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Jeremy Kurtz

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San Diego Symphony principal bassist Jeremy Kurtz has a diverse musical background that includes solo, chamber and orchestral performance. He is the winner of numerous competitions, including the 1997 International Society of Bassists solo competition, and was the only bassist to be featured in Strad Magazine’s January 2000 “New Century, New Talent” issue. 

His recital experience is extensive, including solo appearances in Houston, Memphis, Philadelphia, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, Toronto, and appearances at several International Society of Bassists conventions.  He performed Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Harbison’s bass concerto with the San Diego Symphony in March 2007 as one of 15 bassists participating in the coast-to-coast premiere of the piece, and has also appeared as soloist with New Jersey's Riverside Symphonia and the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. 

Mr. Kurtz has performed chamber music at the Banff Centre for the Arts, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, La Jolla SummerFest, and the Verbier Festival in Switzerland. A graduate of the Curtis Institute and Rice University, his main teachers have included Harold Robinson, Timothy Pitts, and Paul Ellison.  His wide musical interests have also led him to study with such artists as jazz bassist John Clayton and classical/bluegrass bassist-extraordinaire Edgar Meyer.  In addition to his performing pursuits, Mr. Kurtz is on the Board of Directors of the International Society of Bassists, and is on the music faculty at San Diego State University and Idyllwild Arts Academy.

 

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Alberto Bocini

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boccini.jpgALBERTO BOCINI was born in Prato, Italy. He took his Diploma at Conservatorio “L. Cherubini” in Florence, and continued his studies under the guidance of M° F. Petracchi.
After being Principal Double Bass of a number of Iternational Orchestras ( La Scala in Milan; Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome; London Symphony Orchestra in London) he is now Principal Double Bass in Florence, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino – Teatro Comunale di Firenze.
At the mean time he started his soloist career, performing in Europe, United States, Canada, South America, Japan, and  recording for Nippon/DENON, Velut Luna,NBBrecords. This last brand was born from an idea of A.B. focused on double bass and its  literature. He also founded Xbass.org and Xbass.tv, on-line magazine and tv.
Since 2003 he is  part of “the Bass Gang”, a double bass quartet, recording two CDs and a DVD
As a keen teacher is holding Courses at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole (Italy) and from next Academic Year 2008/09  at the al Conservatoire de Musique de Geneve / Master of Arts (Switzerland).

 


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Luis Cojal

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He was born in La Havana (Cuba). He began his double bass studies at the National School of Art with the renowned double bass player and Cuban pedagogue Manuel Valdés, continuing in the Superior Institute of Art. He has played in the most important chamber and symphonic music groups of Cuba and abroad, under the baton of famous conductors like Ivan del Prado,Ernest Martinez Isquierdo, Salvador Brotons, Diego Masson, Oleg Christian Ruth…., After a international competition, he was selected to participate in the "World Orchestra of Musical Youths Young Musicians", with which he toured Canada, Norway, Poland, Germany and Holland, giving concerts in the most important halls of Europe like: The Concertguebaw of Amsterdam, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Berlin, The philharmonic Orchestra of Oslo, ..he is invited to diferents internationals curs like International Music Curs of Peralta de la Salt ,and International Curs of Palma de  Mallorca(Spain). Recently he has been invited by the great double bassist  Wolfgang Gutler to International Double bass ``Course and festival of Capbreton" (France), considered as one of the most important in Europe and where he has and played with great double bass masters like: Thierry Barbe ,Massimo Giorgi,Bernard Salles…, ... Nowadays he teaches double bass at the Superior Conservatory of Music of the Liceo in Barcelona, and he also teaches double bass and chamber music at the Professional Conservatory of Music in Vila-seca (Tarragona). He is the soloist double bass player in: Barcelona 216 Orchestra, and the International  Ensemble of Catalunya  ... play with diferents chambers grups like :SonBasEnsemble,fiharmoniaGaudi,Diafan Trio,Quinteto Urfé ….. 

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Irena Olkiewicz

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irena.jpgIrena Olkiewicz  - Double Bassist

Irena Olkiewicz began her musical education at the age of 7 in the Maria Pajak piano class at the Music Centre in Pszczyna in 1961. Since she was  thirteen she continued her education at the primary and secondary level at the Music School  in Bielsko Biala, first in the cello class and then in the double bass class under Bonawentura Nancka. In 1978 she graduated from the Music Academy in Wroclaw after completing her double bass studies under Prof. Edward Krysta. She continued to improve her skills as a bassist at the master courses in Weimar under Prof. Ludwig Streicher, and in Lanciano under Prof. Franco Muzzi. In 1982 she defended her PhD (with double bass specialisation) at the Music Academy in Krakow under the artistic supervision of Prof. Wiktor Gadzinski. Since 1980 she has beeen working as a double bass teacher (the Instrument Department) at the Karol Lipinski Music Academy in Wroclaw. She has also followed a successful soloist career in Poland and abroad; she held recitals, among others, at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, at the Hochschule fur Musik in Cologne, at the Master Courses in the Stiftung Kloster Michaelstein, and at the International Double Bass Conventions at the American Universities of Indianapolis (2001), Richmond (2003), Michigan(2005) and Oklahoma (2007). Since 1994 she has been playing in a duet with pianist Andrzej Jungiewicz, with whom she recorded a CD, „Meditation Thais”. She has been a principal double bassist at the Cairo Symphony Orchestra and the double bass expert at the Cairo Conservatoire de Musique.

 

Irena Olkiewicz has been a co-creator, and since 1994 president, of the Polish Society of Double Bassist. In 1996 she started publishing a double bass magazine „KontraBasista". She has also been an initiator and organizer of numerous courses and festivals: among others, the International Double Bass Master Courses in Wroclaw and in the Wojnowice Castle, the World Bass Festival in Wroclaw, the Polish Winter Double Bass Academy in Pielgrzymowice and the Wratislavia International Double Bass Competition.   She directs double bass master courses in Poland, Europe and the US, and sits on the jury at the international double bass competitions in Czech Republic, Germany and the US. She is also an expert in the Polish Ministry of Education. As a chamber musician she recorded five discs with such conductors as  C. Grabowski, G. Nowak and G. Olkiewicz. Irena Olkiewicz played the world premiere of the works dedicated to her, among others B. Konowalski’s Poem "Loch Ness", "Yad Vashem" and  „Harlequin”; and K. Zgraja’s "Rondo Flamenco". She featured in the world premiere of the Sonata by J. G. Goerlich at the Music Festival in Moszna and K. Kielb’s „Entrope” at the Festival of Modern Music Musica Polonica Nova in Wroclaw  2008. 

 

In January 2000 Irena received David Walter Foundation  award for her journal  "KontraBasista" (cf. David Walter, New York’s Julliard School of Music). She was also the receipient of two Rector’s Prizes  (1996, 2005) for her pedagogical work, as well as the Wroclaw Music Award (2004) for the idea and organization of the World Bass Festival in Wroclaw. Finally, she received the Award of  Wroclaw Dwarf (2004) given to her by the journalists of the Lower Silesia edition of Gazeta Wyborcza for her artistic projects.  She also featured in such international journals as the UK „Double Bassist", German "Frau und Musik" American  "Bass World", and Polish  "Jazz", „Twój Styl”, „ Życie Warszawy” and „Twoja Muza”.

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Riccardo Del Fra

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Riccardo Del Fra was born in Rome, Italy in 1956. He studied double bass at the Conservatorio di Frosinone with Franco Petracchi and Franco Noto. Collaborations with the RAI - Radio-Television Orchestra for jazz concerts, TV programs and recordings of movies soundtracks ( Federico Fellini's “The City of Women” - music by Louis Bacalov, Liliana Cavani's “The Skin” - music by Lalo Schifrin, etc.). He played with several italian groups (Piana-Valdambrini, Enrico Pieranunzi) as well as with american soloists coming to Italy. He met Chet Baker in 1979. In the '80s he moved to Paris, France.

His collaboration with Chet lasted about 9 years - 12 recordings (Chet Sings Again, Mr.B, C.B. Live at the Ronnie Scott's, C.B. at the Capolinea, etc.) and many films (Chet's Romance by Bertrand Fevre) and videos (Live at the Ronnie Scott's).

RDF has also played with Art Farmer, Dizzy Gillespie, Art Blakey, Sonny Stitt, Lee Konitz, James Moody, Tommy Flanagan, Horace Parlan, Clifford Jordan, Vernell Fournier, Al Levitt, Michel Legrand, Alain Jean-Marie, Kenny Wheeler, Paul Motian, Dave Liebman, etc. He has been the regular bassist for various bands (Barney Wilen, Johnny Griffin, Bob Brookmeyer, etc.).

In 1989 he records “A SIP of YOUR TOUCH” with Art Farmer, Dave Liebman, Rachel Gould, Enrico Pieranunzi and Michel Graillier. This recording was dedicated to Chet Baker and received many awards. In the 90's, a new period starts for him, dedicated to the study of analysys, orchestration and composition with french contemporary classical composers as well as with Bob Brookmeyer in Köln. RDF wrote “Silent Call” for string orchestra and jazz quartet for the Paris Jazz Festival in 1992, “Volo sul Lago” for jazz septet and Symphony Orchestra in 1994, “Inner Galaxy” for tenor saxophone, double bass and cello ensemble for the Festival de Flandre in Antwerp, Belgium, in 1995, etc.

In 1996, he turned his talents to traditional music. His meeting with breton singer Annie Ebrel gave birth to a very special duo (acclaimed and awarded CD “Voulouz Loar - Velluto di Luna” has been a best seller in its field). They have performed all over France and Europe as well as in Russia, eastern Europe, Scandinavia and Canada. RDF composes music for the cinema movies, specially for the director and actor Lucas Belvaux (”Pour Rire”- 1996, The Trilogy, “Un couple Epatant”, “Cavale”, “Après la Vie”, “Nature contre Nature”, “La raison du Plus Faible” (The Right of the Weakest” - 2006). In 2004 RDF was named head of the Jazz and Improvised Music department at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris where he had taken over from the double bass player Jean-Francois Jenny-Clark as teacher in 1998. In 2003, RDF was named Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the Minister of Culture and Communication of France.

 

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