Atlanta Symphony bassist Doug Sommer sent me a couple of videos featuring his student Xavier Foley, who took 1st Place for the 14 and under division of the 2009 International Society of Bassists Solo Competition. What a player!
Both of these videos feature Xavier performing the first movement of the Bottesini Concerto. In the first video, Xavier is performing in a recital this past April in Atlanta:
…and the second is of Xavier at the ISB Convention this past June:
About Xavier Foley:
Xavier Foley is a 14 year old bassist from Marietta GA, a suburb of Atlanta. He is a member of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Talent Develpment Program, a program designed to nurture promising young African American and Latino classical musicians. He is a member of the Atlanta Youth Symphony Orchestra. I started him on the bass just a little over 3 years ago. He is an amazing talent. This summer he is at BUTI. He plays a double bass made by Rumano Solano that is a copy of Edgar Meyer’s Gabrielli.