Christine Hoock

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From early on in her career Christine Hoock captivated her audiences as a soloist, orchestral and chamber musician. She has won many international prizes and completed her studies with Günter Klaus in Frankfurt and Franco Petracchi in Geneva with distinction. During her years as principal double bass of the WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne and other major German orchestras she worked with renowned conductors such as André Previn, Günter Wand, Pinchas Zukermann, Sir Neville Marriner and Semyon Bychkov. Christine Hoock taught at the Robert-Schumann Music College in Düsseldorf and at the Folkwang Music College in Essen. In 2002 she accepted the post of double bass professor at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. Christine Hoock is also in high demand internationally both as a soloist and chamber music partner: she has performed at festivals such as the Schleswig-Holstein Musikfestival, Lucerne Festival, San Sebastian Festival, KlangBogen Wien, Festival de Música de Canarias, Feldkirch Festival, Rheingau Musikfestival and the Musik Triennale Köln. Concert tours have taken her to Japan, the USA, South America, Europe and Russia, to name but a few. Amongst her musical partners are Katia and Marielle Labèque, the Alban Berg Quartet, John Goldsby, Opera Piccolla, the Mandelring Quartet, Ensemble Contrasts and Musik Fabrik. For Christine Hoock, concerts with artists and presenters such as Sir Peter Ustinov, Herbert Feuerstein, Konrad Beikircher, Björn Engholm and Katia Epstein are particular highlights amongst her varied appearances on stage. She is a founding member of the “Frankfurter Kontrabass Quartett“ (Frankfurt Double Bass Quartet), the first all female double bass quartet in the world, which built a reputation thanks to its numerous international concerts, as well as its recordings for radio, television and CD (Quattro Contra Bassi, mDG).

Christine Hoock teaches master classes at international summer academies, is a jury member at competitions and is busy supporting up-and-coming bass players in co-operation with Jeunesses Musicales and the EUYO.

She has made several recordings in collaboration with European radio stations. Her solo CD “Bassa Nova“ has been available internationally since 2004. 2005 her CD “Contrabajisimo” Tango Nuevo from Astor Piazzolla came out. In 2003 she produced a play-along practice CD of the Dittersdorf Concerto.

Her new CD with world music will come out 2008.

The international magazine The Double Bassist ran a feature on Christine Hoock in 2004.

Christine Hoock  plays an English instrument from 1848, made by William Tarr.



Silvio Dalla Torre

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Dalla-Torre-.gif Silvio Dalla Torre comes from a German-Italian family and was born in southern German Kempten in the Allgäu. After studying music in
Augsburg, Munich and Vienna, he worked for 20 years as a principal bassist for opera and symphony orchestras in Germany, Switzerland,
and Belgium. He taught as a visiting instructor at the Musikhochschule in Detmold, and has founded and performed with
several chamber music ensembles.
In 2002 Dalla Torre ended his orchestra career in favor of a professorship in double bass and chamber music at the Hochschule für
Musik und Theater in Rostock. Since then he has been carrying out research on historical and modern double bass performance techniques,
and worked out a method—based on cello technique—which has since been the subject of much discussion.

Dalla Torre has given master classes in Germany and other European countries, in the US, Canada, and China. He works internationally as
a chamber musician and soloist both with the double bass and the bassetto—a historical bass violin in fifth tuning. Dalla Torre played
a major role in researching and reconstructing it and in 2005 premiered the world’s first CD featuring the instrument.

In 2007 Silvio Dalla Torre became musical director of the “International Double Bass Week” at Kloster Michaelstein. At the
beginning of 2008 the event was held under its new name “Double Bass Kaleidoscope Michaelstein,” with more than 50 double bassists on hand
from all over the world.



Mark Morton

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Mark Morton is Assistant Professor of Double Bass at Texas Tech University, and is principal bass of the Columbus (Ohio) Symphony Orchestra. Morton is the first-prize winner of the International Society of Bassists Solo Competition in New York City, and was the assistant double bass instructor to Gary Karr at The Hartt School of Music.

A busy recitalist and concerto performer, Morton has been a featured double bass soloist on radio broadcasts including NPR's "Performance Today," WGBH in Boston, and WQXR in New York. His critically acclaimed ThresholdsRussian Rendezvous albums, are the first two of a projected series of CDs of standard double bass repertoire. He also shares a compact disc with world-renowned bassist Gary Karr of solo double bass music by Paul Ramsier. It was with that CD that Classical CD Reviews hailed him as “a most artistic representative of the new generation developed in the last half century.” and

An accomplished pianist, Morton began his musical studies on both the double bass and piano. By the age of seventeen he had performed as piano soloist with several orchestras including the Houston Symphony Orchestra.  His next CD, Bottesini's Greatest Hits! will feature Mark accompanying himself on piano! Focusing his musical energies on the double bass, Dr. Morton earned the undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Juilliard School in New York.  He subsequently went on to be only the second bassist to receive the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in the history of that institution.

As an author, Mark has written and published the "Dr. Morton" series of books on the art of bass playing. He has had many articles appear in Strings, Bass World, and American String Teacher magazines, as well the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians.

            Mark Morton is the Artistic Director of the American School of Double Bass, drawing students, teachers, and professionals from all over the United States to its summer camps, private lessons, workshops and masterclasses.



Gottfried Engels

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Gottfried Engels, studierte an der Musikhochschule Köln bei Prof. Paul Breuer, Diplom und Konzertexamen 1979. Seit 1980 ist er Mitglied der Düsseldorfer Symphoniker. Er ist Honorarprofessor an der Musikhochschule Köln.

Neben diesen festen Aufgaben wird Gottfried Engels häufig zu solistischen Aufgaben, Kammermusik, Rundfunkaufnahmen und Schallplatteneinspielungen sowie zur Mitwirkung in verschiedenen Kammerorchestern eingeladen.

Er konzertierte bereits in vielen Ländern Europas, in Nord- und Südamerika sowie in Japan. Sein Repertoire umfasst Werke von Frescobaldi bis Henze und Huber.
Sein Interesse gilt auch der originalen Aufführungspraxis barocker und klassischer Literatur. Seine Kammermusikpartner waren unter anderen Rainer und Jürgen Kussmaul, Alwin Bauer, Boris Pergamentschikoff, das Verdi-Quartet und das Arcardia-Trio. G. Engels ist neben seinen Erfolgen als Instrumentalist sehr an pädagogischer Arbeit interessiert. Neben der Betreuung seiner Hauptfachklasse an der Musikhochschule Köln gab er Masterclasses und leitete Kurse in Austin, Belo Horizonte, Boulder, Brasilia, Caracas, Cincinnati, Houston, Iowa, Los Angeles, New York, Quito, Sao Paulo und Tokyo. Mit Unterstützung des Deutschen Musikrates unterrichtete er in Brasìlia, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Asunciòn, Quito und Managua. Seit 1992 betreut er Ausbildungsprojekte in Caracas, Venezuela.


Richard Myron

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Ancien élève à la Juilliard School de New York, sa ville natale, Richard Myron y reçoit en 1977 un Bachelor of Music dans la classe de Contrebasse de Homer Mensch.
Lauréat du Frederick Zimmermann Memorial Award, il obtient un an plus tard son Master of Music.
Il s'initie ensuite avec Albert Fuller à l'interprétation du répertoire baroque, et mène depuis lors une carrière internationale en tant que spécialiste du violon et de la contrebasse historique.
Richard Myron joue ainsi au sein de plusieurs ensembles, aux États-Unis (Smithsonian Chamber Players, Concert Royal, Aston Magna), comme en Europe (Ensemble Mosaïques, La Petite Bande, Anima Eterna, Freiburger Barockorchester).
Membre de différents ensembles (Il Seminario Musicale, Schönbrunn Ensemble, Al Ayre Español, Das Zimmermannische Caffee d'Amsterdam, Ensemble Baroque de Limoges, Les Basses Réunies), il répond fréquemment aux invitations des Arts Florissants, du Concerto Vocale, des Talens Lyriques, du Chour de Chambre Accentus ou du Concert des Nations.
Professeur au Conservatoire Supérieur-CNR de Paris, Richard Myron est Professeur de Contrebasse au sein du département de Musique ancienne du CNSMDP, où il anime également la classe de Lecture à vue pour les cordes.

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