Paul Erhard

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DOUBLE BASSIST DR. PAUL ERHARD is professor of double bass at the University of Colorado College of Music in Boulder.  Paul's earlier training was as a classical and jazz double bassist, and he has been teaching and performing in both areas since joining the faculty of the CU College of Music in 1986.  He performs as a classical soloist and teaches extensively throughout USA and Europe, and has participated as a guest artist in many double bass symposiums in the Czech Republic, Germany and Hungary.  He has been a jury member for many international double bass solo competitions in Europe, including the Johann Matthias Sperger Competition in Germany. 

Since 1999, Paul has pioneered performing Indian Classical music on the double bass.  Inspired by the beauty, intricacy, and expressive quality of Indian music, Paul combines the rich singing tone of the bowed bass with the rhythmic energy of plucked jazz bass to create a new sound in Indian music.  In 2004 Paul formed the Indian Classical music trio ATMIC VISION as a means of combining the double bass with traditional Indian Bansuri flute and tabla to create a unique fusion of Eastern and Western music. 

Paul has made numerous research trips to India, and has studied with leading Indian musicians Prabir Bhattacharya, sitar, Roshan Bhartiya, sitar, and V. Krishnamurty, veena & vocal.  Paul earned his Masters and Doctoral degrees from The Juilliard School as a student of Homer Mensch, and his Bachelors degree from Eastman School of Music as a student of James VanDemark.  He is the winner of the 1984 Juilliard Double Bass Solo Competition.  More about Paul at

ATMIC VISION:     Dr. Paul Erhard (DMA Juilliard),  DOUBLE BASS, Annada Prasanna (Butto) Pattanaik, BANSURI (bamboo flute), Muthu Kumar,  TABLA DRUMS and INDIAN PERCUSSION.

Paul Sharpe

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Paul Sharpe maintains an international profile and career in a variety of roles as a soloist, chamber, and orchestral double bassist.  He studied with Jeff Bradetich (Northwestern University) and Diana Gannett (the University of Iowa).

Engagements have included recitals and masterclasses at the University of Iowa, Cleveland Institute of Music, World Bass Convention (Wroclaw, Poland), University of North Texas, University of Michigan, Interlochen Arts Academy,  Brazil’s Sixth International Double Bass Encounter in Pirenopolis, Brazil,  Paul Ramsier’s Divertimento Concertante for Solo Double Bass and Orchestra with the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, the premiere of Stuart Hinds’ Concertino for Double Bass and Orchestra with the Dallas Chamber Orchestra, and a performance with the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival Orchestra (where he is a regular guest artist) of Bottesini’s Grand Duo Concertante with Peter Marsh (USC). He has been a prizewinner at several solo competitions, including the International Society of Bassists Solo Competition in 1997, and winner of the Aspen Music Festival's Double Bass Concerto Competition in 1996.  For many years Paul was professor of Bass at Texas Tech University, and now holds that same position at the North Carolina School of the Arts.


He is a member of the Bad Boys of Bass (Bass Quartet) which released a CD in the summer of 2007.


Anthony Stoops

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Anthony Stoops, assistant professor of double bass at the University of Oklahoma School of Music, is an accomplished recitalist, orchestral and chamber musician and is widely regarded as one of the top bass soloists in the world today. He has played in many major orchestras including the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, the Michigan Opera Theatre and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. He has performed throughout the United States and has received numerous awards for his musical excellence, including first prize at the International Society of Bassists International Solo Competition in 1995 and second prize in the 1994 American String Teacher's National Solo Competition. Stoops is an active musician currently performing with the Bad Boys of Bass Quartet, an ensemble for which he is a founding member and arranger, and the Bass Fiddle Trio, an ensemble that combines classical, bluegrass and jazz music with original compositions. His professional career has been replete with high-honor performances and projects, including serving as the bassist for Compassion, a special project with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. He also has been a featured performer for the World Bass Festival in 2006 and a featured performer for the International Society of Bassists Conventions in 1997, 1999, 2003 and 2005.Stoops earned his bachelor of music degree at the University of Iowa in 1997 and his master of music and doctor of musical arts degrees at the University of Michigan in 1999 and 2002, respectively. Prior to joining the University of Oklahoma School of Music, Stoops served on the music faculty of Bowling Green State University, Ann Arbor School for Performing Arts and the Preucil School of Music. He is a member of the Bad Boys of Bass (Bass Quartet) which released a CD in the summer of 2007.


Petia Bagovska

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Petia Bagovska PhD professor of double bass of the National Academy of Music-Sofia, Bulgaria. A world known soloist and teacher with extensively activity throughout Europe and USA. She has studied with prof. T. Toshev and prof. F. Petracchi and has been awarded in the national and international competitions. As a guest soloist P. Bagovska has participated in the bass festivals, ISB conventions- USA,leading   master classes in Germany, England, Greece, Finland, Poland and University of Texas,NE University of Chicago and Penn State University-USA.  She has been a jury member for international double bass solo competition in Germany –  J.S. Sperger and in Czech Republic – J. Simandl.

P. Bagovska has performed with Chicago’s Pop orchestra, leading chamber musicians (see ; / and has been a soloist of NW Chicago Symphony. She has  released two solo CDs- ‘Gallery’ and ‘One bass one woman’. She has edited books and has published her own - ‘Studies for double bass’ as well articles and bass researches.

Her students are well realized in the world orchestras. The London Magazine, Double bassist- 2000 published the article ‘La voix Bulgarie’ which said ‘when Petia plays, she is a force of nature.’ For more info see

Florian Pertzborn

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webFlorian.jpgFlorian Pertzborn is co principal doublebass Soloist A with the National Symphony Orchestra of Porto ONP - Casa da Musica, professor of doublebass and Head of the String Department at the Superior School of Music and Performing Arts - ESMAE/ IPP.

He studied at the University of Würzburg with Michinori Bunya and Ichiro Noda and received his Masterdegree from the University of Sheffield under Michael Wolf and Jane Davidson. He is currently a PHD Candidate at the CITAR - Catholic University of Porto and the University of London.

He has appeared in solo recitals in Germany, Great Britain, United States and Portugal and as a lecturer and performer at the Universities of Berlin, Bloomington, Houston, Iowa, Indianapolis and Michigan.

Over the past three years, his students have won several prizes at international solo competitions and obtained orchestra positions in England, Germany, Portugal and the United States.

His research interest focuses on the development of motor performance skill for the doublebass and has recently been published with the European Association of Music Academies AEC, IPP Forum Interno - Porto, The Doublebassist - Orpheus – London and PerMusi - São Paulo.


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