Chicago-based double bassist Jerry Fuller has just won the International Society of Bassists Special Recognition Award for Historically Informed Performance. Jerry and I have been friends and colleagues for many years. Jerry is quite active in the early music scene in Chicago and runs Ars Antigua (they’ve done many podcasts over the years). He even interviewed me back in 2008.
More info from the ISB:
Every two years the International Society of Bassists gives a Special Recognition Award for Historically Informed Performance to a bassist who has demonstrated and achieved the highest level of excellence in historically informed performance. The 2015 honoree is Jerry Fuller.Jerry began studying the double bass at age 16 and was invited to join the Lyric Opera of Chicago orchestra three years later. Within two years he was promoted to Assistant Principal of the double bass section in addition to performing with the Santa Fe Opera. Jerry has also served as Principal Bassist of The Musikkollegium Winterthur Switzerland. While in Europe, Mr. Fuller became interested in historically-informed performance practice and has achieved international recognition for his work with period instruments. A Chicago Artists Abroad grant recipient, his performances in London, Rome, Geneva and Edinburgh have been broadcast worldwide. In addition, Jerry has performed at the Ravinia and the Aspen Music Festivals as well as both the Boston and the Berkeley Early Music Festivals.
Jerry has appeared as a guest artist with the American Bach Soloists of San Francisco, the Handel and Haydn Society of Boston and the Newberry Consort of Chicago. In 2009 he was awarded the Early Music America Outreach Award for Excellence in Early Music Education.
Jerry currently performs with the Chicago-based Haymarket Opera Company which specializes in the performance of opera from the 17th and 18th centuries. He is also director of the period instrument ensemble Ars Antigua that has recently recorded all of the Vivaldi viola d’amore concerti with soloist Rachel Barton Pine.
Congratulations, Jerry–that’s great news!