We will be featuring an interview with Indiana University double bass professor Bruce Bransby on next week’s podcast. It was great to get a chance to talk with Bruce about his career, teaching at Indiana University and the Aspen Music Festival, studying orchestral repertoire, bass gear, and other such topics. We also feature him performing some of his original transcriptions and compositions. This interview will be released this coming Monday–check it out here or subscribe to Contrabass Conversations to get these interviews automatically delivered to you!
Bruce Bransby was principal double bass with the Los Angeles Philharmonic (1978-1986) under Zubin Mehta, Carlo Maria Giulini, and Andre Previn, and was principal double bass with the Kansas City Symphony (1971-1978). He studied with Nat Gangursky, Peter Mercurio, and Stuart Sankey.
Professor Bransby performs widely as soloist and chamber player and has premiered numerous works, including several concertos for the double bass. While in Los Angeles, he was active in studio recordings for motion pictures and television.
He was a faculty member at California State University Northridge, the University of Missouri at Kansas City, the California Music Center, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute, and has been a performing member of the faculty of the Aspen Music Festival since 1987. His students hold positions in many of the world’s finest symphony orchestras.