Today’s episode features Berlin Philharmonic principal bassist Matthew McDonald. Originally from Australia, Matthew joined the Philharmonic in 2008 after spending time in orchestras in Denmark and Germany. We cover bow distribution, resonance, the performers mindset, practicing, advice for students, and several other topics.
We also feature excerpts of Matthew performing pieces by Hindemith, Bruch, Bottesini, and Koussevitzky. Check out these complete recordings and more on Matthew’s YouTube channel. Enjoy!
- Hindemith Sonata
- Bruch Kol Nidrei
- Bottesini Grande Allegro alla Mendelssohn
- Koussevitzky Valse Miniature