The Double Bass – History and historic Performance Practise

07nov1:00 pm2:30 pmThe Double Bass – History and historic Performance Practise

Event Details

A Zoom presentation by Robert Nairn, who is the Principal Bass of the Brandenburg Orchestra and Master Musician in Residence at the Elder Conservatorium. Suitable for students, teachers and players, this will be an exploration of the origins of the double bass and historic performance practise, with time at the end for questions. If you are unable to attend on the day, an Encore link will be available for a limited viewing time free of charge at a later date (no need to book twice).
Sunday 7 November 2021 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM AWST
AUSTA Members: $10
Student: $15
Non-Members: $25

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Rob Nairn was appointed ‘Master Musician in Residence’ at the Elder Conservatorium in 2020, having worked as Head of the Early Music Department at Melbourne University from 2017-2020. Previously he also taught on the faculty of the Juilliard School for 11 years and Penn State University for 18 years where he was a Distinguished Professor. Performance credits include London and Oslo Philharmonic Orchestras; the Pittsburgh, Baltimore and Gothenburg Symphony Orchestras; the English, Scottish and Australian Chamber Orchestras, the Bavarian Radio Symphony, the Melbourne, Sydney, Queensland and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras, the London Sinfonietta, the Halle Orchestra London Mozart Players, the Australia Ensemble, The Australian World Orchestra and the Australian String Quartet. A specialist in historical performance, he is currently principal bass with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra having worked with the Handel and Haydn Society, Boston Early Music Festival, Juilliard Baroque, Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique, English Baroque Soloists, Smithsonian Chamber Players, Concerto Caledonia, Ironwood, Washington Bach Consort, the Aulos Ensemble, Rebel, Florilegium, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, The Australian Romantic and Classical Orchestra, the Muffat Collective and Adelaide Baroque. Rob can be heard on over 60 commercial releases for Deutsche Grammaphon, Sony Classical , EMI, Naxos, Tall Poppies, RCA and ABC Classics and a new solo CD on the U.S. Ablaze label is due for release in late 2021. He has commissioned and premiered more than forty new works for solo double bass and chamber groups including concerti by Barry Conyngham and Doug Balliett.Awards include a Howard Foundation Fellowship from Brown University, DAAD German Government Scholarships, Faculty Scholar Medal from Penn State and a Recognition Award for Historical Performance from the International Society of Bassists. He has performed recitals and given masterclasses in Europe, Scandinavia, China, the U.S. and Australia. 



07/11/2021 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm(GMT+08:00)