US double bassist Maxine Gimbel receives $10,000

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US double bassist Maxine Gimbel 

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The International Society of Bassists has announced US double bassist Maxine Gimbel as the winner of its Jane Little scholarship, receiving $10,000. The award was established in 2022 in memory of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s former assistant principal bassist, Jane Little, whose 71 seasons with the orchestra were recognised by the Guinness World Records in 2016 for the longest tenure with a single orchestra. The Jane Little scholarship is awarded annually to a female double bassist beginning college as a freshman, supported by an anonymous donor.

Hailing from Oak Park, Illinois, Gimbel first began learning the bass at the age of twelve with Mohannad Al Zahabi, and currently studies with Ian Hallas from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. She is currently the principal bassist of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, a member of the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America and has performed as the principal bassist in the Illinois Music Education Association’s 2023 Honors Orchestra.

Gimbel has been accepted by numerous schools to study double bass performance beginning in autumn, but has not yet announced her selection.

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