This week’s podcast concludes our interview with National Symphony Orchestra bassist Ira Gold. We began this interview on episode 15 of the podcast and continued it on episode 18, as well as featuring Ira performing the Vanhal Concerto with orchestra.
Ira discusses his double bass set-up and mental toughness aspects of the audition, practicing, and preparation process for the double bass during this segment of the interview and features a recording of Ira performing the Gigue from the first Bach cello suite.
You can direct any questions to Ira directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Musical Selection: Gigue from Suite No. 1 for Solo Violoncello by J. S. Bach – performed by Ira Gold
Ira J. Gold joined the National Symphony Orchestra in September of 2005 as
the orchestra’s youngest member. He was born and raised in Houston, Texas,
where he began violin studies at age 3. Mr. Gold started double bass
lessons at age 12, and became serious about pursuing a career in music
during high school. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree at Boston
University’s College of Fine Arts, and his Master of Music degree at Rice
University’s Shepherd School of Music, where he won the strings division of
the 2005 Concerto Competition. Mr. Gold performed the Vanhal Bass
Concerto with the Shepherd School of Music Chamber Orchestra in
February of 2006. His primary teachers include Edwin Barker and Paul Ellison,
and additional studies with Albert Laszlo, Kenneth Harper, Dennis Whittaker,
Mark Shapiro, and Harry Lantz.
Mr. Gold has performed with several orchestras around the country, including
the Minnesota Orchestra, and as Principal Bassist with the San Francisco
Symphony and Detroit Symphony. He has attended the Domaine Forget Music
Academy, Bach Festival Leipzig, Aspen Music Festival, and Tanglewood Music
Center, where he was a recipient of the Maurice Schwartz Prize. Mr. Gold
spent several summers at the International Festival Institute at Round Top
both as a student, and, during the summer of 2004, as a member of the bass
faculty. He has given masterclasses and recitals at the Peabody Conservatory
at Johns Hopkins University, James Madison University, and the Chautauqua Music Festival.
In addition to his position with the NSO, Mr. Gold has performed with the
Eclipse Chamber Orchestra, an ensemble comprised of NSO members.
If you are interested in learning more about the concepts Ira brought up in this interview, you can contact him at email@example.com.
CBC #45: Show Notes
Release Date: 11/4/07
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