Groundbreaking bass soloist, composer and teacher Fernando Grillo died July 23, 2013 in Perugia, Italy, from an apparent suicide. Leading 20th century composers such as Luciano Berio and Iannis Xenaxis wrote works for him, and he was called “the Buddha of the contrabass” by Karlheinz Stockhausen. His influence will be felt for decades through his own career and those of his students, including the late Stefano Scodanibbio.

This video features him playing Taiacis (1981/82) – Gstüss (1975).