2017 ISB Award Honorees

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Orin O'Brien

Distinguished Achievement Award

The International Society of Bassist's Distinguished Achievement Award is given biennially for a lifetime of accomplishment. It is the ISB's highest honor, and we are proud to announce the recipient of our 2017 Distinguished Achievement Award, Orin O'Brien.

Orin O'Brien received her early musical training in Los Angeles, where she studied with Milton Kestenbaum and Herman Reinshagen. She then studied in New York with Frederick Zimmermann and graduated from The Juilliard School. She has been a member of the New York Philharmonic since 1966, where she has played with the world's leading conductors. She co-chaired the double bass department of The Juilliard School for ten years, and currently serves on the faculties of the Manhattan School of Music and Mannes College of Music. Her Double Bass Notebook, published by Carl Fischer, is a must-read for aspiring professional bassists, and she is a generous longtime patron of the ISB, especially its biennial orchestral competition, and is also our 2017 Special Recognition Award honoree for Orchestral Performance. Congratulations, Orin!

Special Recognition Awards

Every two years the International Society of Bassists recognizes those who have contributed their special skills, knowledge, projects and other positive works in furthering the ISB's mission to Inspire, Educate and Connect. Our 2017 Special Recognition Award honorees are:

CompositionJohn Clayton & Bert Turetzky
LutherieSteve Reiley
ScholarshipEugene Levinson
TeachingDiana Gannett & Jack Budrow
Solo PerformanceDavid Murray
Jazz PerformanceStanley Clarke & Eddie Gomez
Orchestral PerformanceOrin O'Brien
Historically Informed PerformanceJoëlle Morton
Collaborative MusicSheila Jordan, vocalist, & Marina Pacowski, pianist
Young Bassist AmbassadorDerek Weller & Dan Swaim
Special MeritDavid Gage
Friend of the BassJason Heath