Christopher Bainbridge

Christopher Bainbridge

Australian Hometown: Canberra
Education: Australian National University School of Music; Australian National Academy of Music; Institut Oberschützen, Austria

Since moving to Vienna in 2016, Chris has established himself as a regular with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra both as a tutti and in leading positions including on international tours. Since 2018 he is a member of the newly founded orchestra Klangkollektiv Wien whose members consist of musicians from some of the finest orchestras in Vienna.

During Chris’s time in Austria, he has also been invited to play with several other ensembles include Synchron Stage Vienna, Graz Philharmonic and Vorarlberg Symphony.

When he has time to return home, Chris also enjoys playing in productions with the Australian Ballet and Opera Australia productions with Orchestra Victoria.

As well as performing, Chris is currently completing further bass studies under the tutelage of Prof. Tim Dunin at Institut Oberschützen – (Kunst Universität Graz (KUG)), in Austria.

Originally from Canberra, Chris started his University education under Max McBride at the ANU School of Music, before continuing at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) under Damien Eckersley. At this time, Chris enjoyed playing with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Youth Orchestra, Canberra Youth Orchestra and was selected as a member of the Australian Youth Orchestra, participating in the International Tour in 2016.

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Jason Henery

Australian Hometown: Sydney
Education: Sydney Conservatorium of Music; Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia

Born in Sydney, Australia in 2000, Jason Henery commenced his musical education on the violin at age five, moving to a study of the double bass with his father in late 2010. Jason was principal double bass of the Australian Youth Orchestras (AYO) for several years. Additionally, he has played alongside other principal members in the AYO, performing such chamber works as Mendelssohn Octet op. 20 and Beethoven Septet op. 20. As a soloist, Jason has recently been featured with Ensemble Nouveau, performing Bottesini’s Concerto in B minor. He has also been a finalist in the Alf and Pearl Pollard Award Competition.

Jason received the Merenda Scholarship in 2022 to pursue musical studies in Italy, and a professional performance engagement for a solo recital with the City Recital Hall Prize for his performance of Andrés Martin’s Concerto for Double Bass No.1, accompanied by Paul Cheung.

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Kees Boersma

Australian Hometown: Sydney
Education: Victorian College of the Arts, Sweelinck Conservatorium, Amsterdam

Kees Boersma has held the position of Principal Double Bass with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra since 1990.  He has performed with Australian World Orchestra since its formation in 2011.

In recognition of his solo talents, the SSO has commissioned new works from leading Australian composers featuring Kees as soloist. His 2013 performance of Mary Finsterer’s “Lake Ice Concerto for Double Bass and Orchestra was a finalist in the prestigious APRA Awards for ‘Best Performance of a New Australian Work’. He has been similarly recognized with the commission and performances of the Concerto for Double bass and Orchestra ‘Young Tree Green’ by Colin Bright.

In 2012, Kees was invited to be the founding Artistic Director of the SSO ‘Vanguard’ – curating a concert series in innovative and contemporary venues, seeking to encourage young philanthropists to engage and invest in their orchestra. He is currently the President of the SSO Musician’s Association.

The Australian World Orchestra commissioned Elena Kats Chernin to compose The Witching Hour, the first concerto for eight double basses in orchestral history on the occasion of the AWO’s Fifth Anniversary. Kats-Chernin composed The Witching Hour especially to showcase the extraordinary AWO double bass section comprising Max McBride (formerly ACO, Vienna State Opera, Senior Lecturer ANU School of Music), Kirsty McCahon (formerly Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Orchestra of The Age of Enlightenment), Matthew McDonald (Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra), Ciro Vigilante (Vienna Chamber Orchestra), Robert Nairn (Professor of Double Bass Juilliard School and Penn State University), Kees Boersma (Principal, Sydney Symphony Orchestra), Tim Dunin (Professor of Double Bass, University of Music, Graz; formerly Vienna Philharmonic) and Alex Henery (Principal, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, formerly Philharmonia London).

A great lover of chamber music, Kees Boersma is a regular artist at Musica Viva’s Chamber Music Festivals and the Australian Festival of Chamber Music.

Kees was a founding member of the Australia’s pre-eminent contemporary music group ELISION, premiering, touring and recording the works of Franco Donatoni, Richard Barrett, Liza Lim and Brian Ferneyhough. . 

After studies at the Victorian College of the Arts, Kees travelled to his birthplace in the Netherlands to undertake post-graduate studies at the Sweelinck Conservatorium in Amsterdam. He consequently performed for several seasons with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam under conductors such as Haitink, Dorati, Harnoncourt, Chailly and Giulini.

On his return to Australia, Kees performed as Principal Bass with the State Orchestra of Victoria and the Australian Chamber Orchestra before joining the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

Kees is a Lecturer of Double Bass at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and enjoys being a regular tutor with the Australian Youth Orchestra and Sydney Youth Orchestra.

He is a regular Guest Principal Bass of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, the West Australian Symphony Orchestra and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.

As a result of his enthusiasm to explore historically informed performance practice, Kees has enjoyed recent opportunities to play with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (London), the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and Pinchgut Opera.

In collaboration with his vivacious life partner Kirsty McCahon, his ‘Bass Extravaganza’ concerts as part of the ‘Resonate’ series at the National Art Gallery of NSW explore new ways of presenting music for their beloved basses!

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Kylie Davies holding double bass

Kylie Davies

Australian Hometown(s): Sydney & Melbourne
Education: Melbourne University VCA; The Royal Conservatorium The Hague, Netherlands

Kylie began her double bass studies at Melbourne University VCA in 1993. On graduating her honours degree she continue her studies at The Royal Conservatorium in The Hague, The Netherlands. During this time she worked with Het Residentie Orkest, The Schönberg Ensemble, Asko Ensmeble and The Netherlands Chamber orchestra. On completion of her studies she moved to the UK where she enjoyed a diverse freelance career performing, recording and touring with many UK orchestras and ensembles including The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, The Royal Northern Sinfonia, National Orchestra of Wales and Britton Sinfonia. She has recently been appointed Associate Principal double bass with Orchestra Victoria. 

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Timothy (Tim) Dunin

Australian Hometown: Canberra
Education: Canberra School of Music

Tim Dunin was born in Canberra, Australia in 1969.

After 5 years of classical guitar tuition he received his first double bass lesson at the age of 14, from Robert Nairn. Two years later Tim went to the Canberra School of Music to continue his studies with Paul Morton. From 1987 he studied with Max McBride until the completion of his Bachelor of Music degree in 1991. In this time Dunin was already a very busy orchestral musician, performing regularly with the Canberra Youth Orchestra, Australian Youth Orchestra, Canberra Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and the Australian Chamber Orchestra. In the same year he travelled to Austria to take on further studies with Professor Johannes Auersperg at the “Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Graz, Expositur Oberschützen”.

In 1994 Tim Dunin was Principal Double Bass with the Graz Symphony. In 1995 he won the position for Principal Double Bass with the Vienna Philharmonic / Vienna State Opera Orchestra and remained in the orchestra as a fulltime member until September 2003.

Apart from solo performances in Australia and Europe Tim has appeared as a chamber musician with ensembles such as the “Wiener Streichersolisten” , “Küchl Quartett” , “die Wiener Virtuosen” , “Wiener Kammerensemble” , “Salzburg Orchestra Soloists”, “Camerata Salzburg” and “Klang Forum Wien” and was a member of the double bass sextet “Bass Instinct” alongside Ernst Weissensteiner, Herbert Mayer, Gerhard Muthspiel, Gina Schwarz and Peter Herbert from 2005 until it disbanded at the end of 2012.

Tim Dunin has remained a passionate orchestral musician and performs regularly with ensembles such as Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Australian World Orchestra, “Recreation” Graz, Vorarlberg Symphony Orchestra, “Niederösterreichische Tonkünstler Orchester”, Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Vienna Philharmonic / Vienna State Opera Orchestra.

Since October 2002, Tim has held the position of Professor for Double Bass at the Graz University for Music and Performing Arts, Institute Oberschützen.

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Damien Eckersley holding double bass

Damien Eckersley

Australian Hometown(s): Canberra & Melbourne
Education: Canberra School of Music; University for Music and Fine Arts in Graz

Damien Eckersley was appointed Associate Principal double bass of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra in 2020 after 13 years in Melbourne as a member of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. He serves on the faculty at the Australian National Academy of Music. He has performed as principal bass with orchestras in Australia and all over the world including the Tasmanian, Melbourne, Queensland Symphony Orchestras, the Australian World Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, the Graz Philharmonic, the Tönkunstler Orchester and Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa.

He has also performed with the Sydney Symphony, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, the Australian Opera Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera, the Vienna Philharmonic and the WDR Symphony Orchestra Köln.

Damien studied with Max Mcbride at the Canberra School of Music and with Professor Tim Dunin at the University for Music and Fine Arts in Graz, Austria.

As a soloist, Damien has performed with orchestras and in recital in Australia, Austria, Germany, China , Hong Kong and Japan.

Damien has appeared in chamber music festivals throughout the world as a player and director.
Damien is passionate about education and combines his studio teaching with coaching young musicians in chamber music and orchestral technique as well as giving master classes throughout Australia and Asia.

He has worked with young musicians of the Kanazawa University Orchestra, the Australian Youth Orchestra, the Australian Chamber Orchestra Academy, and most extensively with members of the Australian National Academy of Music. His students perform professionally throughout Australia and the world.

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Alex Henery holding double bass

Alex Henery

Australian Hometown: Sydney
Education: Sydney Conservatorium of Music

Born in England in 1966, Alex Henery moved to Australia with his family in 1979. He studied double bass at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music from 1985 to 1986 before moving to New York, and later Boston.

In 1989, he returned to the UK where he began his professional career, working initially with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. He was offered the position of Co-Principal Bass in the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in 1990 and, in 1992, took up the Co-Principal position with London’s Philharmonia Orchestra.

During his time in London, Alex Henery was a regular Guest Principal with the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and numerous chamber orchestras.

On his return to Australia in 1998, he was appointed Principal Double Bass with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. He performs regularly at various music festivals and has been featured as a soloist with the Tasmanian Symphony and several times with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. In 2016 Alex will perform Tan Dun’s Bass concerto “Wolf Totem” with the Sydney Symphony.  In addition to his work with the SSO, Alex Henery also teaches double bass at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

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Che Ioannou-Booth playing

Che Ioannou-Booth

Australian Hometown(s): Melbourne
Education: Melbourne Conservatorium of Music

Che is young enthusiastic and passionate musician born and living in Melbourne. His journey began at age 4 when he commenced Piano lessons. His love for music was nurtured during high school at Blackburn High School where he performed in many capacities as a classical double bassist, a jazz bassist and even a pianist.

Che has recently finished his Bachelor of Music with honours at the Melbourne Conservatorium under the tutelage of Rob Nairn and Steve Reeves and aims to study overseas in the near future. He has had the opportunity to perform with many orchestras in Australia such as Orchestra Victoria, Melbourne Opera Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and was the principal bass of the Melbourne University Symphony Orchestra for two years.

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Hugh Kluger holding double bass

Hugh Kluger

Australian Hometown(s): Sydney
Education: Sydney Conservatorium of Music

Hugh Kluger is a solo double bassist, orchestral musician and passionate educator. Described as “Breathtakingly luminous” (Guardian UK), Hugh has worked as Principal Double Bassist with the London Symphony Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, The Hallé, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Opera North and Australian Chamber Orchestra amongst others. In 2018 he was appointed Sub-Principal Bass of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and in 2021 was elected to the orchestra’s board. He was previously Associate Principal of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.

Hugh has performed in festivals across the world, including the Heidelberger Frühling Festival (Germany), the Orchestra Leonore Festival (Italy), the Beijing Music Festival and the Castell de Peralada Festival, with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Gustavo Dudamel.

He studied with Alex Henery, completing a Bachelor of Music in 2012 at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with several scholarships. When he isn’t working, Hugh enjoys playing electric guitar in rock bands, beer tasting and finding delicious burgers.

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Max McBride

Australian Hometown(s): Canberra
Education: Australian National University – School of Music, Canberra

Max McBride is one of the most widely respected musicians active in Australia today, having found success on the concert stage, in the theatre and as an educator.

He was Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in Double Bass and Conducting at the Canberra School of Music from 1992 – 2008.

Max embarked on his conducting career immediately upon his return to Australia in 1979. He was engaged as a conductor by the ABC, and has since worked with the ABC orchestras in Sydney, Hobart, Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth. He was also a regular conductor with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and has conducted opera at Victoria State Opera and Australian Opera as well as large scale choral works with Sydney Philarmonia and Canberra Choral Society.

Max has always loved working with young musicians. Recently, he has been at the centre of re-developing orchestral music at the ANU School of Music, conducting the Side-by-Side Orchestra in a collaboration with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra. In October 2020 he conducted the highly successful premiere of the ANU Orchestra to a capacity audience at Llewellyn Hall and critical acclaim. The program featured Shostakovich’s 2nd Piano Concerto and Dvorak’s 8th Symphony.

From 2009 – 2014 Max was Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Sydney Youth Orchestra. Highlights included performances of Saint-Saëns’s Organ Symphony, Mahler’s 3rd and 6th Symphony, as well as working with soloists Teddy Tahu-Rhodes, Satu Vänskä and David Pereira. Under Max’s direction the SYO has premièred works of such Australian composers as George Palmer, Gerard Brophy, Graeme Koehne, Elena Kats-Chernin and Daniel Rojas.

From 1992 – 2010 Max was Chief Conductor of the Canberra Youth Orchestra highlights included touring Europe and performing Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony in Canberra and at Sydney Opera House.

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