was born on 20 November, 1941 in Los Angeles, California
Prolaimed as “the world’s leading solo bassist”(Time Magazine), is, in fact, the first solo doublebassist in history to make that pursuit a full-time career. Since his debut with Leonard Bernstein and the New Yourk Filharmonic in 1962, Gary KARR has performed as soloist on six continents with orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Montreal Symphony, Simon Bolivar Orchestra (Caracas, Venezuela), Jerusalem Symphony, Oslo Philharmonic, Zurich Chamber Orchestra, and with all the major orchestras of Australia. He had a concert in Slovakia 16 years ago during 34.year of Slovak music festival BHS.
In 1967 Karr founded the International Society of Bassists (ISB), an organization devoted to the study, promotion, and advancement of double bass playing around the world. In 2005, Karr donated his primary instrument, the Karr-Koussevitzky bass, to the ISB. This instrument was given to Karr by Olga Koussevitzky, widow of Serge Koussevitzky (1874–1951), in 1961.
He has taught double bass on the faculties of the Juilliard School, New England Conservatory, The Hartt School, Yale University, Indiana University, and North Carolina School of the Arts and has published a number of instructional books for the double bass. He focuses on finding one’s unique sound on the double bass and specific approach of playing with the lyrical emphasis of a singer.
After 40 years as a concert artist he retired in 2001 to Victoria, British Columbia, where he lives.
All thanks to Harmon Lewis who will participate as piano player and accompanist during wholle master class!