Patty from oboeinsight just clued me in to this fantastic blog by double bassist Robert Meyer. I can’t believe that this blog has escaped my attention. It is (like the title suggests) a series of reminiscences on Robert’s extremely varied career in the music business, and it is a great read. Here is a little biographical information about Robert. You can read his complete biography here.
About Robert Meyer
Graduated as a double bass soloist from the Royal College of Music, London, England. Respectively a member of the London Philharmonic, London Symphony, Philharmonia and BBC Symphony Orchestras. (Conductors include Furtwangler, de Sabata, von Karajan, Klemperer, Giulini, Bruno Walter, Koussevitsky, Stokowski, Rhozdesdensvky, Stravinsky, Khatchaturian, etc.) Principal Bass, Sadlers Wells Opera, Principal Bass, San Carlo Opera, Naples, Covent Garden Ballet Orchestra, Principal/co Principal Bass English Chamber Orchestra, Moscow Chamber Orchestra (Barshoi), Principal Bass, Bolshoi Ballet. Commanded by HRH Queen Elizabeth II to perform at her Coronation. Founding Member, Solo Bass and librarian to Benjamin Britten’s English Opera Group and Aldeburgh Festival. Invited to come to Canada as Principal Bass, Vancouver Symphony, Principal Bass CBC Vancouver Chamber Orchestra and Principal Bass Vancouver Opera. Robert Meyer has taught at the Universities of British Columbia and Victoria and played at most major festivals and concert halls in the world.
Robert has written many great stories on various musical luminaries, including David Oistrakh, Gary Karr, Jascha Heifetz, and Leopold Stokowski. He is a very engaging writer with a great sense of style, and I urge you to check out this great blog. Needless to say, I have added it to my list of Bass Blogs in the sidebar, and it is now in my RSS reader, so I’ll be sure to let folks know new developments on Robert’s blog.
Robert has also been videoblogging. Here are a few videos from his blog:
A new double bass
How I came to Canada
- Robert Oppelt’s double bass site
- The power of blogging for bassists
- Bernard Haitink and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
- Bill Harris and the TAFTO initiative
- Matt Heller discusses Joshua Bell