Double Bassists

  • Francois rabbath
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    François Rabbath

    François Rabbath was born in Aleppo, Syria into a musical family. Having began the double bass at the age of 13, Rabbath studied at the Paris Conservatoire and began his career accompanying Jacque Brel, Charles Aznavour, Michel Legrand among others. In 1963 he made his first solo ...

  • Serge koussevitzky
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    Serge Koussevitzky

    Russian born Serge Koussevitzky began his career as a double bass soloist but was best known for his 25-year stint as conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Raised in a musical family, Koussevitzky's initial instruction in music came from his parents until he was granted a scholarship ...

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    Gary Karr

    Born into a family that had been playing the double bass for seven generations, at the age of nine, Gary Karr began to play alongside his grandfather, father, uncle and two cousins in LA-based orchestras. He continued to do so until he entered UCLA, where he studied ...

  • Domenico dragonetti
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    Domenico Dragonetti

    Domenico Dragonetti was Europe's first - and possibly the world's finest - virtuoso double bassist. Born in Venice, the son of a poor barber, he received violin instruction from a local shoemaker, who later persuaded him to take up the double bass. The young Dragonetti demonstrated prodigious ...

  • Leon bosch
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    Leon Bosch

    Born in Cape Town, but now a British citizen, Leon Bosch graduated from the University of Cape Town before continuing his studies at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. He made his London solo debut with the Philharmonia Orchestra in 1984 and has since appeared ...