Role of the principal bass
|You have to be able to communicate the necessary things to keep the section together||00h:00m:09s|
|You have to appreciate the talent of your colleagues||00h:00m:40s|
|Leading by example||00h:00m:46s|
|Requires elements of diplomacy||00h:01m:09s|
Edwin Barker, Principal Bass of the Boston Symphony, on the role of the principal bass
Edwin Barker is Principal Bass of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He has concertized in North America, Europe and the Far East. Mr. Barker has performed and recorded with the BSO, the Boston Symphony Chamber Players and the contemporary music ensemble Collage, and he is a frequent guest performer with the Boston Chamber Music Society. Mr. Barker graduated with honors in 1976 from the New England Conservatory, where he studied double bass with Henry Portnoi. That same year, at age twenty-two, while a member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, he was appointed Principal Bass of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. His other bass teachers included Peter Mercurio, Richard Stephan, Angelo LaMariana and David Perleman. In July 1995 he was chosen by the late Sir Georg Solti to lead the bass section of the United Nations' "Musicians of the World," an orchestra made up of prominent musicians from the world's finest orchestras. Mr. Barker is an associate professor at the Boston University College of Fine Arts, where he teaches double bass, orchestral techniques, and chamber music. His other major teaching affiliations include the BSO's Tanglewood Music Center and the National Orchestral Institute at the University of Maryland. His solo CDs include "Three Sonatas for Double Bass"; James Yannatos' Variations for Solo Contrabass, and the recently released "Concerti for Double Bass," which includes concertos by Gunther Schuller and Theodore Antoniou.