The Viennese Bass Days will be held on 17, 18 & 19 September at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. This annual international festival is completely devoted to the Viennese bass.


The Viennese Bass Days will be held on 17, 18 & 19 September at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. This annual international festival is completely devoted to the Viennese bass.

Monday - 17 September

10.00-13.00 Competition
10.00-13.00 Masterclasses - Wies de Boevé
14.00-15.15 Presentation - Robert Franenberg
15.30-17.00 Lecture - Shanti Nachtergaele

Tuesday - 18 September

10.00-13.00 Competition
10.00-13.00 Masterclasses - David Sinclair
14.00-15.15 Recital - Wies de Boéve
15.30-17.00 Workshop - Maria Vahervuo - Alexander Technique for
bass players

Wednesday - 19 September

10.00-10.30 Presentation - Zhou Feng
10.30-11.00 Presentation - Severiano Paoli
11.15-12.00 Prize winners concert
12.00-13.00 Presentation luthiers, publishers, bow makers
14.00-15.15 Recital - David Sinclair
15.15-16.00 Drinks and goodbyes!


The Viennese Bass Days competition takes place on the 17th and 18th September. The jury members are : Dane Roberts, Peter Leerdam, Robert Franenberg, Margaret Urquhart and Zhou Feng. The two chosen winners play in a concert at midday on 19th September. 

There are two separate categories: HIP (Viennese tuning with gut strings and frets), and classical set up with steel strings. A piano accompanist on either forte piano at Hz430, or classical piano at Hz440 is available. The competitors may play two movements of a classical concerto for double bass of their choice. 

Competitors should apply on this site, stating their name, birthdate, email address, category and chosen pieces. The age limit is 35. There is a non-returnable fee of €30 for the application, to be paid by internet banking to account.

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David Sinclair

Born in Canada, David Sinclair studied double bass at the Boston University School of Music and at the University of Music in Vienna with Ludwig Streicher. Since 1997 he leads a class for double bass and violone at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis.  He is member of several ensembles, including Camerata Academica Salzburg (still under Sandor Vegh), Baroque Orchestra Baroque, Les Musiciens du Louvre (Marc Minkowski), Les Arts Florissants (William Christie), Anima Aeterna (Jos van Immerseel) and Les Talents Lyriques (Christophe Rousset). His numerous CD recordings include a recording as a soloist with virtuoso solo works from the Viennese classics (Haydn, Vanhal, Sperger, Mannl) and trio sonatas by J.F. Fasch. He lives with his family in Paris. 

Wies de boevé

Wies de Boevé is co-principal Double Bass of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, professor at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich and at the Zurich University of the Arts. He has won many international music competitions including the first prize and audience award at the ARD competition 2016, first prize at the Bottesini Competition 2017, as well as the first prize at the Deutscher Musikwettbewerb 2015. He was the first bass player ever to win this competition.
Born in Belgium, he started his studies in Antwerpen and continued in Zürich with Duncan McTier, in Luzern with Božo Paradžik and with Janne Saksala, Esko Laine and Matthew McDonald in Berlin. Wies is a regular guest player with among others the Berlin Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam and the Vienna Philharmonic.


Conservatory of Amsterdam

Oosterdokskade 151
1011 DL

Tickets & Contact

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