I will keep this page as information source for some events that are going on in my professional life for those who would like to read about it. This page is divided up into the following categories:
2018-JULY-09 | five releases of Vaňhal concerto orchestra sheet music are rolling out now
Three releases containing not less than five complete orchestra materials are rolling out this week. Following editions have been completed: in C major (world's first release), in D major, in E flat major Urtext-edition, in E flat major (another version) and in E major. It took in total around 4 months of work to complete the work on this since 2015, I am very happy to have completed the editorial work on this project.
Check the availability in the following days here in the webshop
2018-MAY-06 | world's first release of the sheet music by Hertl's 30 Miniatures, only here available
With friendly permission of František Hertl's daughter, Ms Květa Hertlová, these miniatures for double bass & piano are now rolling out in five steps, exclusively here in the webshop. I will work on it in whenever I find time for it and try to release all 30 Miniatures. So far, the Miniatures 1-6 and 7-12 are available, the orders can be placed now here in the webshop
2017-NOVEMBER-16 | Double Bass Goes Brahms is now available also as a high-quality MP3
Orders can be placed now here
2017-SEPTEMBER-01 | New requirements and tuition fees at the Musikhochschule Freiburg
There is a new, strict language requirement rule that includes an obligation to apply for the enterance examination in Freiburg already with a certificate of the capability to use German language on at least level B1. Otherwise, the applications are no more accepted. There is also another news for all the students from the non-EU countries: such students will have to pay an aditional tuition fee at the Musikhochschule Freiburg since October 2017.
More about the fees on the website of the Ministry of Science, Research and Art
2017-MAY-11 | THE NEW SACD "DOUBLE BASS GOES BRAHMS" IS NOW IN STOCK!
The new Super Audio CD "Double Bass Goes Brahms" is finally in stock! I've managed to save costs by simplifying the cover, so my customers can order this SACD which is in sonical terms superb product to the same price like a simple CD. It took me 17 years to fullfil one of my real life-works here. The orders can be placed now here
2016-OCT-16 | CLASSIC-ROCK TIMES
A cooperation with the organist Wolfgang Sieber has finally begun end of 2015, after several years of waiting: it very exciting and inspiring. The first video with Brian May's (Queen) Song "Who wants to live forever" has been uploaded on YouTube, many videos might follow. A big concert with mainly organ-friendly songs by the band Queen will be performed live in concert on October 28th in St. Leodegar's Church in Lucerne. Since my "comeback" to the electric guitar after 31 years of break, there have been meanwhile so many exciting and inspiring projects in general that it makes me feel like I never stopped. Until my first double bass lessons back in 1983 the plan was to become a professional rock-guitar player. The double bass was just a "plan B", but it went so rapidly and reqested my full concentration, so I've abandoned completely the guitar 1984, to be able to focus fully on the classical music and the double bass. Back then, it was a great idea. But thanks to Wolfgang Sieber, I play it now again- and I will find more time for it now. Here is our first video:
...and now also the second video:
2016-SEP-13 | SUCCESSFUL STUDENTS
My students have brought me lots of joy in the past months. Besides the continuation of the good "tradition" that none among my graduates remains workless, there were some might successes in the past academic year, like Théotime Voisins appointment as the co-principal double bass player of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam or Wies de Boevé's appointment as the co-principal double bass player of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Wies de Boevé has also won in 2016 two first prizes at two major competitions: Deutscher Musikratwettbewerb and the ARD competition. But even more important for me is to see that since 2000 (beginning of my teaching career) until today still around 100% of my students are winning the vacant job positions in the excellent orchestras.
2016-JAN-01 | THE AWARD BY THE INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF BASSISTS
I have received some day in Fall 2015 a letter from the USA with this huge recognition award of the ISB for 2015 and 2016. It makes me very happy to see that my projects make joy to so many double bass players worldwide, this prize motivates me to continue and do more. Thank you very much!
2015-04-20 | THE NEW VERSION OF MY WEBSITE IS ONLINE
This Website with its content will be updated frequently which wasn't possible with the old version, due to the technical limitations of Flash encoding. The host server of my website is using 100% green energy. Here are some of the new features:
- full compatibility with all kinds of smartphones, tablets, and PCs with any operating system
- switchable to dark background with bright text (accessible for each individual page) designed for easy reading in dark environments
- newly designed online shop with my scores, audio files, physical CDs, etc.
People ask me quite often questions regarding my instruments or other tools. Here are some of the most answered FAQs:
Since 1993 all by the same maker: Master Milan Oubrecht.
Until 2000 an old double bass, built around 1780-1790 possibly by a maker from the Klotz family. Since 2000 a double bass by master maker Derek High built exclusively for my needs. In contrast to nearly all historical double basses, this one is built with such acoustic performances to be a solo instrument.
At the moment one can find very good basic rosin quality by Kolstein, although its hardness grades are all unusable for me (they are either too sticky or too hard). The workaround is to blend (melt) it to get the desired hardness. My recommendation for normal playing in low register (chamber music & orchestra) or for lower room temperatures is 2xH : 1xS/AW. For intense playing or higher room temperatures use 3xH : 1xS/AW. (Note: Soon I will insert a link here to a video showing the blending process in detail.)
Since 2010 I use hand made gut strings by Gerold Genssler, also his synthetic core strings. I quit using steel core strings back in 2002. No matter which kind or brand of strings I tried, they all produced way too much tension, which is not suitable to produce a beautiful sound.
Until 2004 just like most bass players: in fourths tuned either in C ("orchestra") or in D ("solo tuning"). Since 2005 mostly in F or in G, a tuning that transforms the typical bass into a baritone sound, improving brightness and resulting in a much better sound, specially in high register.
Nearly all my scores were at some point written down with the help of suitable software. I will make most of my scores available soon in the Shop.
Generally, I don't give private lessons. I am very busy teaching my students at the music university. In addition I belive that long-term lessons are the only way for students to really reap the benefits. Players who can't study with me but would like to get lessons from me have the opportunity to enroll and participate in one of my masterclasses.
Young and very talented musicians who are very motivated and determined to work hard over years should at any time apply to the enterance examinations on either of the Universities where I teach as professor for double bass: Musikhochschule Freiburg (D) or at the Hochschule Luzern-Musik (CH). Besides required skills on the double bass and knowledge in theoretical musical subjects it is also very important to know, that the communication in German language at least on the B1 level is strictly required on either of the conservatories. Besides that, there are also specific requirements for enterance examinations in Freiburg as well as for the enterance examinations in Luzern.
The candidates for studying should try to contact me on time, rather than just short before. At the moment, estimated amount of places to study in the next enterance examinations term looks as following (please mind that the applications deadlines are usually 6-8 weeks before the enterance examinations):
- Musikhochschule Freiburg: 1-2 new studying places in the class estimated | enterance examinations: end of February 2019 to begin to study in April 2019
- HSLU-M Lucerne: 2-3 new studying places in the class estimated, to begin to study in September 2019 | enterance examinations: 23 April 2019
last update: 2018, October 31st