Jerry Fuller directs the Chicago-area period instrument ensemble Ars Antigua in Chicago’s Quigley Chapel. Photos by Robert Osterlund
The following is a guest post from Double Bass Blog contributor Phillip W. Serna. Check out Phillip’s recitals and interviews on his Contrabass Conversations page, and visit him online at http://www.phillipwserna.com/. Enjoy!
Contrabass Conversations and the Double Bass Blog continues its series on early bass performers. It will highlight many different perspectives on early bass/ violone performance. Our next guest is Ars Antigua music director Jerry Fuller. We hope that you will enjoy these interviews and glean a good deal of information from our esteemed guests.
About Jerry Fuller:
Jerry Fuller 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 first desk of the double bass section in addition to performing with the Santa Fe Opera. Mr Fuller has also served as solo double bass 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, Mr. Fuller’s performances in London, Rome, Geneva and Edinburgh have been broadcast worldwide. In addition, Mr. Fuller has performed at the Ravinia and the Aspen Music Festivals and both the Boston and Berkeley Early Music Festivals.
His recordings on the Musical Arts Society, Cedille and Centaur labels have been hailed by both critics and colleagues. Mr. Fuller also writes on period instruments and performance practice for The Strad, Double Bassist, and Bass World Magazines, serves on the editorial board of the Online Journal of Bass Research and is webmaster for the Double Bass and Violone Internet Archive. Mr. Fuller served as an officer of the Board of Directors of the International Society of Bassists 1990-1996 and 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. He is principal bassist of the period instrument forces for Chicago’s Music of the Baroque and Chicago Opera Theater and serves as director of the period instrument chamber ensemble Ars Antigua.
To listen to audio web cast performances of Ars Antigua, visit ArsAntiguaPresents.com.