Friday - 6 September

13:00 - 14:00 Concert
We'n Band, directed by Galit Zadok

Saturday - 7 September

10:30 - 12:00 HIP competition
12:00 - 13:00 Masterclasses - Dane Roberts
13:00 -14:00 Lunch break
14:00 - 15:15 Presentation - Robert Franenberg
15:30 -16:00 Viennese bows presentation, Zhou Feng
16:00 - 16:30 Recital -  Luis Cabrera
16:30 - 17:15 EGDGy Tuning for Edgy Works: The Second Viennese School of Double Bass Playing. Cody Takacs, Arda Ardaşes Agoşyan, new works.

Sunday - 8 September

10:30 - 12:00 Classical competition
12:00 - 13:00 Masterclasses - Dane Roberts
13:00 - 14:00 OBA We’n Band, directed by Galit Zadok Hoffmeister Quartet, Yussif Barakat Sperger duet, Jesse Solway
14:00 - 15:00 Lecture - Renaud Boucher-Browning
15:00 - 17:00 Masterclasses - Sigiswald Kuijken
18:00 - 18:30 Recital - Olivier Thierry 19:00 - 20:00 Masterclasses-Olivier Thierry

Monday - 9 September

10:30 - 12:00 Divertimenti ensemble competition
12:00 - 13:00 Masterclasses - Sigiswald Kuijken
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch break
14:00 - 15:00 Workshop - Alexander Technique Maria Vahervuo
15:00 - 15:30 Recital Viennese bass, Viola d’Amore, Traverso - Dane Roberts, Daniela Braun, Flavia Hirte.
15:30 - 17:00 Prize winners concert, with guest appearances by Felix Lashmar.



Sigiswald Kuijken

Kuijken was born in Dilbeek, near Brussels. He was a member of the Alarius Ensemble of Brussels between 1964 and 1972 and formed La Petite Bande in 1972. Since 1971 he has taught Baroque violin at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague and the Royal Conservatory of Brussels. He is noted for using the older technique of resting the violin on the shoulder without a shoulder rest, rather than held under the chin. He is a member of the Kuijken String Quartet, which he formed in 1986. In recent years, he has also performed as conductor of symphonies of the Romantic era.

Dane Roberts

Dane Roberts was born in Iowa USA and grew up in California. He currently lives in Eitorf, Germany. He specialised in historical double bass and violone. Also, he studied viola da gamba and is now an active participant in the early music movement. Since 1986, he plays double bass with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and since 2009 with the Freiburg Barockorchester. He has worked with many leading European ensembles. As a teacher Dane Roberts instructs Historical Bass/Violone at the Hochschule für Musik in Frankfurt has as well a professorship in the same subjects at the Kunst Universität in Graz Austria.


Robert Franenberg

Robert Franenberg was born in Los Angeles, USA. In 1981 he received a Bachelor of Music cum laude degree from the California State University, Northridge. From 1982-1984 he continued his studies with Anthony Woodrow at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam. He is a member of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra of the 18th Century and contrabass/violone player of the Nederlandse Bachvereniging. He has also performed with The Gabrieli Consort, The Bach Colleguim Japan, De Nederlands Blazers, The Chamber Orchestra of Europe, The English Concert and the Dunedin Consort.
In May 2015 he performed the Concerto for Contrabass by Johann Baptist Vanhal with the Apollo Ensemble which was also televised on Brava TV.

Olivier Thiery

Olivier Thiery graduated from the Folkwang University of Art, in Essen, Germany, in 2008. He moved to Amsterdam and became a permanent member of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. In 2009 he was awarded the third prize during the 58th international ARD competition in Munich.Olivier also regularly gives solo recitals and chamber music performances in different festivals across Europe, such as the West Cork chamber music festival, Schiermonnikoog international kamermuziek festival, Musique à l’Emperi in Salon de Provence, Kempten Classix, Wassenaar International Chamber Music Festival.
Since 2014, Olivier teaches at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. He plays on a double bass by C. Candi on loan from The Dutch Musical Instruments Foundation.

Olivier Thiery-Bassist
Photo: Marco Borggreve

Luis Cabrera

Luis studied in Madrid, London and Berlin. In 2006, he became the principal double bass player of The Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra. Since then he has collaborated with different ensembles such as Arcangelo, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the London Sinfonietta, Mahler Chamber orchestra. Luis joined the Guildhall School of Music & Drama’s teaching staff in 2012 and has been visiting teacher and coach in several colleges and Youth Orchestras including “Centro Superior Katerina Gurska” in Madrid. Since 2018 he is also a professor at the Conservatoire of Rotterdam (CODARTS). The double bass Luis plays on is made by Carlo Ferdinando Landolfi in1770. It is on loan from the collection of the Dutch Musical Instruments Foundation (NMF).

Renaud Boucher-Browning

Renaud Boucher-Browning is a Tomlinson Doctoral Fellow at McGill University’s Schulich School of Music, where he studies double bass with Ali Yazdanfar. His thesis research centers on improvising cadenzas and lead-ins in concertos by J. M. Sperger. Renaud holds degrees from Rice University, where he studied with Paul Ellison, and diplomas from the Rabbath Institute. Renaud has appeared as a soloist with the Boise Baroque Orchestra. He has performed in the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra in Germany, the Orchestre de la Cité Internationale de Paris, the Jeune Orchestre de l’Abbaye in France, and the Boise Philharmonic in his hometown of Boise, Idaho, USA.

Renaud Boucher-Browning-viennese-bass-days

Maria Vahervuo

Maria Vahervuo was born in Helsinki, Finland. She specialized in early music at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, and trained as an Alexander Technique teacher at the Alexander Techniek Opleiding Nederland in Amstelveen.
Currently, she works as a bass player in Les Musiciens du Prince with Cecilia Bartoli, Nieuwe Philharmonie Utrecht with Johannes Leertouwer, L’Orfeo Barock Orchester with Michi Gaigg and the Finnish Baroque Orchestra.
Maria teaches Alexander Technique (AT) in Amsterdam and Helsinki. She also teaches historical double bass at the Sibelius Academy and Novia University of Applied Sciences.
Maria is also active in research. Her study with Ellen Bierhorst: “AT Story Project – Psychosocial changes linked to the practice of AT”, was published in 2019.

Ardashes Agoshian

Ardashes Agoshian is an Armenian double bassist and composer. He recently completed his Master’s Degree in Early Music (Violone) with Margaret Urquhart at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. He received his B.A., master’s and a doctorate in Double Bass from Istanbul University State Conservatory. He has taught Double Bass and chamber music for over 15 years before moving to Amsterdam in 2017. He played as a solo bassist with CRR Symphony Orchestra, Enka Sinfonietta, Bursa Regional Symphony Orchestra and Aşkın Ensemble. He played with Yoel Levi, Ida Haendel, Shlomo Mintz, Alexander Markov, George Benson. Agoshian plays on his Double Bass made by Benjamin Patočka in 1890.
Ardashes Agoshian Viennese Bass Days


The Viennese Bass Days competitions take place on the 7th,  8th and 9th of September. The jury members are: Dane Roberts, Robert Franenberg, Margaret Urquhart, Severiano Paoli and Zhou Feng. The three chosen winners play in a concert at midday on 9th September. 

There are three separate categories: HIP (Viennese tuning with gut strings and frets), classical set up with steel strings and Divertimenti ensembles. A piano accompanist on either forte piano at Hz430, or classical piano at Hz440 is available. The  solo competitors may play two movements of a classical concerto for double bass of their choice. The Divertimenti ensembles may play two or three contrasting movements lasting 10 minutes in total.  

Competitors should apply via this site, stating their name, birthdate, email address, category and chosen pieces. The age limit is 35. 

apply to competition


Conservatory of Amsterdam

Oosterdokskade 151
1011 DL