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 Saturday headliners by hearing them play.  It is going to be one heck of a week!

Matthew McDonald

Cesar Franck Sonata in A Major, 4th mvt. – Yannick Rafalimanana (piano)

Originally from Australia, Matthew went to Berlin in 2000 as a student at the Karajan. Following this Matthew was assistant principal bass of the Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, principal bass of Ensemble Modern, principal bass of the Rundfunk Sinfonie Orchester Berlin, principal bass of the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin and since 2009 principal bass of the Berliner Philharmoniker (Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra). As guest Principal bass he has played with the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra.

Matthew has given masterclasses throughout Europe and Asia and has held summer courses in Orford, Canada and in Lisbon, Portugal. He has played chamber music with Leonidas Kavakos, Christian Tetzlaff, Pekka Kuusisto, Jack Liebeck, Brett Dean,  Nicolas Altstaedt, Alban Gerhardt, Julian Steckel, Adrian Brendel, Till Fellner, Imogen Cooper, Radovan Vlatkovic, Radek Barborak, Mark Padmore, the Kuss Quartet, Atos Piano Trio, Ensemble 360, London Bridge ensemble, Scharoun Ensemble, Berlin Philharmonic Octett. He is a regular guest at the Prussia Cove Open Chamber Music weeks and has performed at the Lucerne festival, Zagreb Festival, Winterfest, Winchester Festival, Music at Plush Festival, Matthew also enjoys playing solo recitals with the pianists Tomoko Takahashi and Yannick Rafalimanana.

Currently, Matthew isPrincipal Bass of the Berliner Philharmoniker (Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra) and a professor of bass at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin, teacher at the Karajan Academy, and visiting Professor at the Royal Academy of Music London.

Hear his interview on Jason Heath’s Double Bass Blog

Mark Dresser

A Neon Jazz Interview with Mark Dresser

Mark Dresser is a Grammy nominated, internationally renowned bass player, improviser and composer.  At the core of his music is an artistic obsession and commitment to expanding the sonic, musical, and expressive possibilities of the contrabass.  He has recorded over one hundred thirty CDs including three solo CDs and a DVD.  From 1985 to 1994, he was a member of Anthony Braxton’s Quartet, which recorded nine CDs and was the subject of Graham Locke’s book Forces in Motion (Da Capo). He has also performed and recorded with Ray Anderson, Jane Ira Bloom, Tim Berne, Anthony Davis, Dave Douglas, Osvaldo Golijov, Gerry Hemingway, Bob Osertag, Lei Liang, Joe Lovano, Roger Reynolds, Henry Threadgill, Dawn Upshaw, John Zorn and many others. Dresser most recent and acclaimed recording , Mark Dresser Seven -Sedimental You, his latest CD (Clean Feed-2016). Since 2007 he has been deeply involved in telematic music performance and education.   In 2013 Dresser and his University of California colleagues collaborated with like-minded and renowned improvisers in three different cities and spread across the West  Coast,  East Coast and Europe on The Virtual Tour: A Reduced-Carbon Footprint Concert Series. He is a recipient of a 2015 Doris Duke Impact Award. He is Professor of Music at University of California, San Diego.