This week’s Contrabass Conversations Episode features the second part of our interview with double bassist, music educator, and author Peter Tambroni. Last time we heard from Peter (on episode 32), we talked about his early years on the bass, classroom and school orchestra teaching techniques, studying bass during his bachelors and masters degrees, teaching approaches, performance experiences, and much more.
We also feature a performance of the “Carmen Fantasy” by Frank Proto from Taiwanese bassist Henry Chen, plus share many news stories and interesting developments in the world of the double bass.
visit Peter online at www.petertambroni.com
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Peter began playing the double bass at the age of 16 (after playing the clarinet since elementary school) when the director of my high school jazz ensemble asked if anyone would be interested in playing bass. After playing electric bass it was suggested that he learn the string bass and soon after he began orchestral studies. Within a year he knew he wanted to go into the field of music, and becoming a music teacher was the perfect choice for him. He received his Bachelor’s of Music in Music Education from the Crane School of Music in 1996.
After that Peter taught strings in the public schools for grades 4 – 12 in Northern New York and have been adjunct faculty for ‘cello and double bass at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh. In 2000 he graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign with a Master’s in Double Bass Performance, studying with Michael Cameron.
He is currently a string teacher in suburban Chicago where he teaches string lessons in grades 3 – 8 and conduct the middle school concert and chamber orchestras. Peter also leads an Irish ensemble and a bass quartet.
Peter performs around the greater Chicago area with many orchestra and rock bands around the city. In 2000 he appeared on the Bozo Super Sunday Show to give a presentation and performance on the double bass. In the spring of 2003 he was the guest soloist for District 212 (playing the Vanhal concerto) and in spring of 2004 he performed at Symphony Center’s Orchestra Hall with the Polish American Symphony Orchestra of Chicago.
He has attended classes with Michael Hovnanian of the Chicago Symphony, John Chiego, Hal Robinson of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Scott Haigh of the Cleveland Symphony, Stewart Arfman, and Erik Harris.
Peter has been published several in American String Teacher as well as websites around the world.
CBC #47: Show Notes
Release Date: 11/11/07
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Musical Guest: Henry Chen
performance of Carmen Fantasy by Frank Proto
Bass News and Notes
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Music Provided by:
- Eric Hochberg – www.erichochberg.com
- Henry Chen
- Brother Love – “There She Goes”
- La Manola – La Organizacion