He is a double bass and erhu player and teacher born
in Toronto, Canada. His
brothers were putting together a bluegrass trio when he was still young and
so he learned how to play the instrument when he just was eleven years old
so he could perform with them.
He took formal lessons with the principal bass player
and another bass player of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra from the time he
was thirteen and went on to study at the University of Toronto for his
musical degree. He then took
further musical education in Europe with well-respected tutors.
His entry into national and international competitions
in the 1970s saw him winning prizes in Canada and Geneva and from 1974 he
was a member of the Chamber Players of Toronto.
From 1979 until 1988 he held the position of the
Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra’ Principal Bass. In 1989 he joined the Canadian Opera
Company and two years later in 1991 he joined the Toronto Symphony
Orchestra as their Principal Bass.
He remained with them for around the next 15 years and in 2005 the
International Society of Bassists commissioned a “Double Bass
Concerto” by John Harbison where he performed in the world premiere
with Hugo Wolf and the orchestra.
In 2006 he moved on the take the Principal Bass position with the
National Art Centre Orchestra.
A respected chamber musician, he has performed with
countless string quartets from all over the world, was a co-founder of the
Amadeus Ensemble in 1984 and is regularly heard with the Pinchas Zukerman
Renowned and acclaimed in his field of music he has
been no stranger to the recording studio and has completed the solo albums Virtuoso
Reality, Garden Scene and Bottesini: Music for Double Bass and Piano
– Vols. 1 & 2 as well as Erhu’s (the) Greatest: A
Golden Decade. He has also
performed on Procession by the Amadeus Ensemble, Duos for Cello
and Bass with Coenraad Bloemendal, On the Avenue by Joe Hall
& The Continental Drift, The Classic Trumpet by Jens Lindemann, Adeste
Fidelis by Gino & Louis Quilico, Judy Lohman and the Toronto
Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, Classical Potpourri by Catherine
Wilson & Friends and Schubert’s “Trout” Quintet
by the Pinchas Zukerman Chamber Players.
In the field of musical education he is on the faculty
of Toronto’s Royal Conservatory of Music. He also takes summer masterclasses
at the Orford Arts Centre in Quebec and been a guest teacher at many music
education establishments around the world. His wife is the cellist Carole
Toronto Symphony Orchestra Recordings
Cantique de Noel (Adolphe Charles Adams)
SMCD 5119 I (CD - Adeste Fidelis)
Toronto Symphony Orchestra and
Conductor - Jean Ashworth Bartle
Soloists - Louis and Gino