It makes me incredibly happy to see double bassist Matt Heller named as one of Alberta’s 50 most influential people! Matt and I go way back–we did the American Russian Youth Orchestra ad Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival together in the late nineties, and we have kept in touch during his time in Chicago and now Canada as a bassist in the Calgary Philharmonic.
Matt is an active writer and has served as president of the Organization of Canadian Symphony Musicians. He also appeared on a Contrabass Conversations episode several years ago. He’s a great guy and is a great choice for this list.