Volkan Orhon was a finalist and
prizewinner in the Concert Artists Guild Solo Competition in New York City and
was the co-first place winner of the International Society of Bassists Solo
Competition. Additionally, he distinguished himself as the first double bass
player ever to win the grand prize overall and first prize for double bass at
the American String Teacher's Association Solo Competition.
Mr. Orhon has performed with
internationally recognized musicians including Gary Karr, Fazil Say,
and the Emerson, Tokyo and Jack String Quartets and has played solos with
orchestras and recitals around the world. He was one of the performers for the
international consortium of John Harbison’s Concerto for Bass Viol and
Orchestra. He was recently a featured soloist at the World Bass Festival in
Polland, performing with the Academy Orchestra under the direction of Franco Petracchi. He is also scheduled
to record David Gompper’s Baily’s Beads, a concerto for double bass and
orchestra, with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (London) in January 2019 for a
Naxos release in 2020.
Mr. Orhon has been an invited clinician to
workshops across the U.S. and abroad including Europe and South America, as
well the International Society of Bassists.
He is currently professor of double bass at the University