ISB 2019 Convention Presenter — Ed Barker

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Name: Ed Barker
Presentation Date: Thursday, June 6, 2019 11:00 AM
Presentation Venue: MAC Stage
Presentation Title: Masterclass
Type of Presentation: Masterclass
Musical Style: Classical

BSO principal bass
Edwin Barker has concertized in North America, Europe, and the Far East. He has
performed and recorded with the BSO, the Boston Symphony Chamber Players, and
the contemporary music ensemble Collage, and is a frequent guest performer with
the Boston Chamber Music Society. Mr. Barker gave the world premieres of James
Yannatos' Concerto for Contrabass and Chamber Orchestra (which was written
especially for him) and of Theodore Antoniou's Concertino for Contrabass and
Chamber Orchestra; he was the featured soloist in the New England premiere of
Gunther Schuller's Concerto for Double Bass and Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Barker
graduated with honors in 1976 from the New England Conservatory, where he
studied double bass with Henry Portnoi. That same year, at age twenty-two,
while a member of the Chicago Symphony, he was appointed principal double bass
of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Barker is an associate professor at the
Boston University College of Fine Arts, where he teaches double bass, orchestral
techniques, and chamber music. His other major teaching affiliations include
the BSO's Tanglewood Music Center, and the National Orchestral Institute. His
CDs include "Three Sonatas for Double Bass"; James Yannatos'
Variations for Solo Contrabass, and "Concerti for Double Bass".

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