Chi-chi Nwanoku bass

Chi-chi Nwanoku: “We Can Learn From History, but We Will Be Judged by Our Actions Today”

Bassist and educator Chi-chi Nwanoku CBE discusses how the past impacts our present, from approaches to musical style to how we view the 21st-century orchestra. The founder of the Chineke! Orchestra shares what experiences from her past have inspired her playing, teaching, and her goal to change perceptions of black and ethnically diverse musicians in classical music.
dane roberts double bass

Dane Roberts: “I Think if Someone Really Wants to Get Into Early Music, They Should Start With a Single Piece or Composer They Are Fascinated by and Follow the Obvious Leads. You Will Be Surprised How Far That Will Take You!”

Double bassist with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and Freiburg Baroque Orchestra and Teacher of Violone and Historical Bass in Graz and Frankfurt, Dane Roberts details his experience as a musician from the United States and Europe and his thoughts on the role of the “historical” double bass and its place in the current classical music landscape.
owen lee bass

Owen Lee: “If We Bassists Want the Top Composers to Write for Us, Then We Should Also Champion the Works by Top Composers That Have Been Already Written”

Owen Lee is principal double bass of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He has extensive experience as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician, but he also has a special relationship with hard rock and heavy metal music.
Szymon Marciniak double bass

Szymon Marciniak: “There Are Many Ways to Achieve Good Sound and Technique, but the Entry Point Is the Same. You Have to Find a Relationship With Your Instrument That Is Natural for Your Body”

Szymon Marciniak, renowned double bass soloist and professor at the University of Music Saar in Saarbrücken, Germany, discusses his experience with competitions, new works for bass, teaching techniques, and his new program for the 2021 ISB Convention, “Towards the Light.”