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Jerry Fuller wins ISB Award for Historically Informed Performance

Jerry Fuller and Alex Hanna

Jerry Fuller receiving the award from CSO principal bassist Alex Hanna

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!

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ISB website

The home page of the greatly-enhanced ISB website.

It really is impressive to see how the website for the International Society of Bassists has been enhanced in the last couple of years.  If you haven’t been there recently, definitely take a look.  They have also greatly expanded their presence on both Twitter and Facebook.  I remember starting both of these pages for the organization about six years ago in my role as board member, and it is really remarkable how well the organization has built up its online presence since that time.

One of the features that I most appreciate on the ISB website is the Daily Dose of Double Bass Calendar.  This page contains events from around the world pertaining to double bass (recitals, concerts, workshops, lectures, club meetings, competitions, conferences, and other double bass-related events, according to the website), and it also has an online form to submit your own event.  Very cool and very useful!

ISB Convention 2013 New Website

There’s a dedicated website that has been launched specifically for the ISB Conventions, and it looks great!  They’ve got a blog, videos, competition information, important dates, and much more.  It’s really an excellent resource and, even if you aren’t planning on going to the convention, is well worth checking out… but you really should check out the convention if at all possible!

ISB Convention 2013.

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