Our beloved Karr-Koussevitsky bass is on the road right now, currently hanging out with Principal Bass Ian Whitman and the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony in Kitchener, Ontario (Canada). Ian will be playing a concerto by the Estonian composer Eduard Tubin. The concert is scheduled for May 22 & 23, 2015.
When not traveling, the Karr-Koussevitsky bass is in residence at Dustin Williams’ shop: Williams Fine Violins.
A native of Edmonton, Ian Whitman was introduced to the bass at age 17 and spent 2 years studying jazz at Grant MacEwan College with ESO bassist John Taylor. His studies with Montreal Symphony members Brian Robinson and Eric Chappell culminated in a Bachelor of Music degree from McGill University. He completed a Master of Music from Yale University and rounded out his education with a year at the New England Conservatory in Boston under the tutelage of Orpheus Chamber Orchestra founding member Don Palma and Boston Symphony bassist Jim Orleans.
Ian was a member of the National Youth Orchestra, the Banff Festival Orchestra, and served as Principal Bass of l’Orchestre de la Francophonie Canadienne. He has performed with Canadian orchestras including l’Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Hamilton Philharmonic, and the Calgary Philharmonic. In 2009, Ian became a member of the very first “YouTube Symphony Orchestra,” for which 90 musicians from 27 countries were selected from thousands of entries to perform at Carnegie Hall, under Michael Tilson Thomas.
Since joining the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony in 2008, Ian has appeared as soloist with the KWS and Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Orchestra, performed with the Penderecki String Quartet, and the Numus Ensemble. He has also appeared on the KW Chamber Music Society in Waterloo, the InnerChamber Series in Stratford, and the Colours of Music Festival in Barrie and participated in Tafelmusik’s Baroque Summer Institute. In 2012, he joined the faculty at Wilfrid Laurier University.
Ian is married to KWS first violinist Allene Chomyn and the couple is expecting their first child in September. He is an avid reader and keeps active through Yoga and playing Squash with fellow KWS musicians.