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     Quarrington, Joel (15th January 1955-Present)

    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 Chamber Players. 


    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 Sirois.  


    Toronto Symphony Orchestra Recordings

    Cantique de Noel (Adolphe Charles Adams)

    CBC SMCD 5119 I (CD - Adeste Fidelis)

    Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Children's Chorus

    Conductor - Jean Ashworth Bartle

    Soloists - Louis and Gino Quilico



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