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Double bassist Michael Rieber is the first solo double bass player from the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra in Hamburg. Not only does he hold a principal position in one of Europe’s top orchestras, he’s also released a recording of French works called Nuits Blanches.

How does Michael finds the time to take on two very high-calibre jobs and projects? Michael shares with online editor Davina the lessons he’s learnt throughout his orchestral career, including why patience is critical when it comes to preparing repertoire – both new and frequently revisited, as well as how he structures his preparation time.

César Franck: Sonata in A major I. Allegretto ben moderato (transcription by Balthasar Brockes)

Alfred Desenclos: Aria and Rondo for Double Bass and Piano II. Rondo

Nuits Blanches

Michael Rieber, double bass / Norbert Goerlich, piano

Es Dur

Photo credit: Jewgeni Roppel 

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The Strad’s Masterclass series brings together the finest string players with some of the greatest string works ever written. Always one of our most popular sections, Masterclass has been an invaluable aid to aspiring soloists, chamber musicians and string teachers since the 1990s.


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