I just got a copy of the most recent issue of Double Bassist magazine, and a quote from my San Jose audition story starts out an article that they did on auditioning. It’s an honor that my story would be chosen to start this great article. The main body of the story focuses on several prominent orchestral double bassists, including Paul Ellison (Rice University, former Houston Symphony principal bassist), Rinat Ibragimov (London Symphony principal bassist), Orin O’Brien (New York Philharmonic bassist), Zachary Cohen (Milwaukee Symphony principal bassist), Peter Riegelbauer (Berlin Philharmonic bassist), and Caroline Emery (Royal College of Music bass instructor).
Auditioning is a complicated and tricky thing, and getting advice from successful orchestral musicians is essential in order to succeed. This is a great article full of great advice, and if you don’t subscribe to Double Bassist, head down to your local bookstore (both Borders and Barnes & Noble carry the magazine here in the States) and pick up a copy. It’s a classy magazine full of great articles for double bassists and well worth the price.
Passing along advice from double bassists who have found success in the music world is also the main focus of Contrabass Conversations, and future shows will focus of the nitty-gritty of audtioning.