Each night at ISB 2017, we all come together in one room to enjoy more #basslove. Come early to the concerts to hear various announcements and competition results.  We also give a number of awards throughout the week, so make it a part of your plan to arrive about 30 minutes before concert time.

Below, we’d like you to meet our Friday headliners by hearing them play.  It is going to be one heck of a week!

Joel Quarrington

J.S. Bach Suite No. 6 – Allemande

For over thirty years, Joel Quarrington has served as the Principal Double Bassist of many ensembles including the Canadian Opera Company, The Toronto Symphony and Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra and most recently, the famous London Symphony Orchestra.

Born in Toronto, Joel Quarrington began his formal studies of the double bass when he was thirteen. Upon graduation from the University of Toronto, he was awarded the “Eaton Scholarship” as the school’s most outstanding graduate. Joel is a winner of the Geneva International Competition and the CBC Talent Competition, and has made solo appearances across Canada, the United States, Europe and China.

Joel has made several solo recordings; in April 2010, his recording, “Garden Scene”, won the 2010 Juno Award for Best Classical Recording and in 2015 his “Brothers in Brahms” recording won the prestigious “Prix Opus” as the Outstanding Romantic Classical Recording of the year in Quebec.

In 2011, he received a Special Recognition Award for Outstanding Solo Performance from the International Society of Bassists and in 2015 they awarded Joel the same award for Outstanding Orchestral Performance.

He performs on an Italian bass made in 1630 by the Italian master, Santo Paolo Maggini.


Sebastien Dubé

G-Reel, Real Funky

Sébastien started to play oboe and drums at a young age in his parents orchestra but mostly concentrated on the double bass both jazz and classical when a little later he attended the conservatory in Québec. He then earned a master degree at USC. His main teachers were Luc Sévigny, Paul EllisonDennis TremblyJohn Clayton and Edwin Barker.

When he had completed his musical studies, Sébastien worked as a freelance musician in North America for two years with different orchestras: Los Angeles PhilharmonicHouston Symphony, and the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, before moving to Scandinavia. He was Assistant Principal Double Bass at the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra (1993-1996), and Principal Double Bass of Norrlands Opera (1996-2000). In 2000 he took up the position of Solo double Bass with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra. He has also appeared as a soloist with some of these orchestras. He has worked with different types of music, mostly jazz, world, folk music and of course classical, parallel to his orchestra career through the years. He plays jazz in the Ivar Kolve Trio, Jonas Knutson Quartet, and with Maria Johansson among others. His folk music partners include the Ale Möller Band, Duo Nyckelharpa and Bass (Torbjörn Näsbom) and Stinnerbom-Stinnerbom-Dubé. In addition to this he organises concerts mixing different types of music and musicians together, including world music,classical, jazz, folk, sometimes even with symphony orchestras. Sébastien has also taught at the Domaine Forget Summer Festival in Québec, coached the Baltic Youth Philharmonic and also holds a positions on the faculties at theUniversity of Örebro and Ingesund Högskola.