It makes me incredibly happy to see double bassist Matt Heller named as one of Alberta’s 50 most influential people! Matt and I go way back–we did the American Russian Youth Orchestra ad Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival together in the late nineties, and we have kept in touch during his time in Chicago and now Canada as a bassist in the Calgary Philharmonic.
Matt is an active writer and has served as president of the Organization of Canadian Symphony Musicians. He also appeared on a Contrabass Conversations episode several years ago. He’s a great guy and is a great choice for this list.
Check out this video of bassist Thierry Barbé (my friend that I met serving together on the board of the International Society of Bassists) performing the Dvorak Cello Concerto on bass!
If you aren’t familiar with Ranaan Meyer’s publication Next Level Bassist, you really should check it out. This free quarterly publication delivers a high-quality electronic journal to your inbox four times a year. It’s a thoughtful and useful resource that has thrived for the past several years, and I continue to learn from every issue.
Check out Ranaan’s Contrabass Conversations interview if you haven’t before, and if you’re a student or are looking for a chance to grow as a bassist, Ranaan’s Wabass summer program is highly recommended.