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Luis Cabrera the principal bass of the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and a professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. When he’s not doing either of those jobs, he’s tackling some monumental solo repertoire – Bach’s Cello Suite no.1… on double bass!

Luis chats with online editor Davina Shum about his long journey preparing and recording this suite, his approaches to playing solo Bach, as well as strategies for playing a work not technically written for your instrument. 

II - Allemande

Suite for Solo Cello no.1 in G major BWV 1007

Johann Sebastian Bach

Luis Cabrera, double bass

Photo credit: Elbert Besaris 

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In The Best of Technique you’ll discover the top playing tips of the world’s leading string players and teachers. It’s packed full of exercises for students, plus examples from the standard repertoire to show you how to integrate the technique into your playing.


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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