Folks who haven’t checked out National Symphony Principal Bass Robert Oppelt’s website (robertoppelt.com) should definitely take a look. This wonderful site is filled with resources for the double bass player, as well as some of Robert’s interviews with bassists, an analysis of German bow grips, tips for bassists, and many other excellent resources for the double bassist.
About Ali Yazdanfar
Ali Yazdanfar (pictured right), one of Robert’s section bassists in the National Symphony, accepted a position as Principal Bass of the Montreal Symphony, and Robert recently published an interview he conducted with Ali as he prepares to move into this new position. Check it out on Robert’s website here–highly recommended!
Ali has had a stellar double bass career to date, winning positions in the Houston Symphony and National Symphony as well as being the top American prize winner for the 2005 ISB solo competition. Also, Houston and National were the first and second professional auditions he had ever taken. Quite a track record!
Other National Symphony bassists featured online
Be sure to check out Ali’s fellow National Symphony section mates Ira Gold and Jeff Weisner here and at Contrabass Conversations:
- Jeff’s doublebassblog.org contributions
- Jeff’s site at PeaBodyDoubleBass
- Ira’s Contrabass Conversations page