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Barry Lieberman and Friends Recital: Ted Botsford, double bass

Sunday, November 13, 2016 - 2:00pm
Bassist Ted Botsford (Photo courtesy the artist).

A solo recital by Seattle Symphony  bassist Ted Botsford kicks off the 2016-17 Barry Lieberman and Friends series, featuring master classes and recitals by noted performers, including Seattle Symphony players, touring symphony musicians, young innovators, and rising classical music stars. Botsford is joined by pianist Megan McElroy and violist Marissa Winship in a program of works by Nicholas Walker, Mieczylaw Weinberg, Astor Piazolla, and others.  

Note: Ted Botsford also presents a free master class on Saturday, November 19th at 2pm in Brechemin Auditorium. More info on this event can be found here.

Paris Skies by Nicholas Walker
Étude de concert (Crabe n˚1) by François Rabbath
Sonate op. 108 for solo double bass by Mieczylaw Weinberg


Humboldt per viola e contrabbasso by Stefano Scodanibbio
Juste Melodie pour contrebasse solo by Patrick Neher 
Le Grand Tango per contrabasso e pianoforte by Astor Piazzolla

Artist Bio: Ted Botsford, double bass

Ted Botsford enjoys a busy and varied career as a performer and teacher of the double bass. He currently plays in the Seattle Symphony and is a sought after clinician and soloist around the country. A dedicated proponent of new music, Ted also serves as Principal Bass of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music. 

Prior to his start in Seattle, Ted was a member of the Oregon Symphony where he was Acting and Assistant Principal Bass. In 2014, he gave the Oregon and Portland premier of John Harbison’s Concerto for Bass Viol with the Portland Youth Philharmonic, which received numerous accolades. He appears regularly with Portland-area groups Third Angle, 45th Parallel and fEARnoMUSIC. 

As an educator, Ted has served on the faculty of the George Vance Memorial Bass Workshop, the Kansas City Bass Workshop and the Twin Cities Bass Workshop. In 2014, he was the guest artist at the Suzuki Association of the Americas Conference. He has also appeared as a guest clinician at Ithaca College and the University of Oregon.

Ted began his studies of the double bass with the renowned pedagogue George Vance and later went on to study with Paul Ellison and François Rabbath. He earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Rice University and has also received the Diplôme and Certificat d’Enseignement from the Institut International François Rabbath. Other major teachers include Rick Barber, Tim Pitts and David Moore.