2019 ISB Award Honorees

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Diana Gannett

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 2019 Distinguished Achievement Award, Diana Gannett.

As a native Iowan, Diana Gannett did her undergraduate training with Eldon Obrecht at the University of Iowa. She also studied with Stuart Sankey at Aspen Music Festival and with Gary Karr at Yale University. While at Yale, she earned her master's and doctorate in musical arts, becoming the first Yale doctorate awarded in double bass. Diana co-taught at Yale with Gary for many years.

The University of Michigan School of Music appointed her Professor Emerita of Double Bass when she retired from teaching there in 2017. Many of Diana's students have gone on to win competitions and positions with important festivals and orchestras, and have received academic appointments. Diana previously taught at the Oberlin College Conservatory, the Hartt School of Music and the University of Iowa, where, as president of the ISB, she hosted its 1999 convention.

Both as a soloist and chamber musician, her performances have included many contemporary premieres and solo improvisations as well as traditional repertoire. In recent years she has performed in Mexico, Scotland, Israel, Poland and Brazil, as well at regional and local events. Her first recording, Lady Bass, was followed by Duetti Dolce, Old Wine in New Bottles, Come Away, and most recently, Artemis in the Oak Grove, a compilation of music written for and dedicated to her. Diana was also the 2017 recipient of the ISB's Special Recognition Award for Teaching.

Congratulations, Diana!

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 2019 Special Recognition Award honorees are:

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 2019 Special Recognition Award honorees are:

  • CompositionAndres Martin
  • LutherieNick Lloyd
  • ScholarshipFiona Palmer
  • TeachingCaroline Emery
  • Solo PerformanceRinat Ibragimov
  • Jazz PerformanceEsperanza Spalding
  • Orchestral PerformanceMatthew McDonald & Janne Saksala
  • Historically Informed PerformanceMaggie Urquardt
  • Collaborative MusicBill Mays, Piano
  • Young Bassist AmbassadorTracy Rowell
  • Special MeritJason Heath
  • Friend of the BassMarcel Villaflor

Thanks to our 2019 Awards Committee

Nicholas Walker, Chair
Adam Booker
Jeff Bradetich
Caroline Emery
Christine Hoock
Heather Miller Lardin
Nick Lloyd
Andres Martin
Joel Quarrington
Rex Surany

Previous ISB Award Recipients