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The Ian Potter Southbank Centre

43 Sturt Street

Southbank, VIC 3006


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The Melbourne Conservatorium of Music presents it’s third annual Double Bass Day and Competition, bringing together performers, teachers, students, luthiers and exhibitors from all over Australia. Hosted in the acclaimed new Conservatorium of Music in the Ian Potter Center, the day will feature recitals, masterclasses, Jazz clinics, lecture demonstrations, and a special program for Young Bassists.

Attendance for the day as well as entrance to the competition are free and open to any double bassists and their families.

Featured Artists:

Andrés Martín (Argentina), Kees Boersma, Steve Reeves, Christian Geldsetzer (U.K.), Phoebe Russell, Ben Robertson, Jason Heath (U.S.), Stuart Riley, Damien Eckersley, Andrew Moon, Ben Hanlon, Stephen Newton, Miranda Hill and Rob Nairn


There are three different types of free tickets available for this event:

  1. General Registration - for bassists and their families interested in watching or participating in masterclasses

  2. Competitor - for bassists wishing to compete in the Solo Competition

  3. Young Bassist - a special program for young bassists open to all ages and levels


Exhibition opens (Bass makers, bow makers, rosin makers, and dealers from all over Australia)
Kenneth Meyer Auditorium

Concert: Steve Reeves and Roy Theaker; Bottesini Grand Duo
Hanson Dyer Hall

Concert: Ben Robertson
Hanson Dyer Hall

Concert: Miranda Hill: New Australian Music
Hanson Dyer Hall

Competition Final Round
Hanson Dyer Hall

Ensemble Concert (Young Bassists)
MCM Double Bass Octet perform
Hanson Dyer Hall

Masterclass: Christian Geldsetzer (No 2 Philharmonia Orchestra)
Prudence Myer Studio
Please note entry to this masterclass is strictly limited.

Announcement of Competition Winners
Joint Concert featuring Damian Eckersley, Ben Hanlon, Stephen Newton, Stuart Riley, The ANAM Double Bass Quartet and others.
Hanson Dyer Hall

Solo Recital by Kees Boorsma
Hanson Dyer Hall

Final Concert featuring Andrés Martín
Hanson Dyer Hall


The Solo Competition is open to any bassists under 28 years of age, and will be run in two rounds. The competition will be adjudicated by a distinguished panel of judges, including the principal bassists of several of Australia’s orchestras.

Registrations to compete close on 20 November To register for the competition, select the "Competitor" ticket, and we will be in contact with further information

Round 1
Candidates must prepare an unaccompanied work of their own choice (8 mins approx) plus the set work which will be sent to the candidates upon application. The first round will start at 9.00AM on the day, and will be closed to the public.

Round 2
Candidates must prepare an accompanied work of their own choice (10 mins approx). The second round will be open to the public and an accompanist will be provided.

1st prize will be a bow, generously donated by Philip Smith.


Warm-up rooms available on Level 8 (please check in by 8.45)

9.30AM – 11AM
Round 1 (closed to public). Competitors will be escorted down to level 5 from warmup rooms.
Prudence Meyer Studio

Round 2 participants announced at 11.30AM
- May attend masterclasses and presentations -

12PM – 12.45PM
Finalists rehearse with accompanist.
Warm up rooms available on level 8

3.30PM – 4.10PM
Competition Round 2

Announcement of winners of presentation of prizes


The Young Bassists program at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music's Bass Day is open to students of all ages and levels. Registration is open from 9.30AM and the program begins at 10.30 in the Prudence Meyer Studio.

The program runs until 4.15PM and will feature a big warm up, two masterclasses for which students can register an interest to play, and rehearsals of the large bass ensemble works we will perform.

A final concert open to the public will take place at 4.30PM in the Hanson Dyer Hall, featuring music music written expressly for young bassists (Simon Garcia’s ‘Dream can Come True’ and David Heyes’ ‘The Carousel’).

The music for the ensemble works will be sent out to the applicants (via dropbox) as early as possible. Lunch will be provided.

Students can register their wish to perform in one of the masterclasses by emailing Rob Nairn.


9.30AM – 10.30AM

10.30AM – 11AM
Group warm-ups

11AM – 11.50AM
Masterclass with Silvia Hoskins

12PM – 12.50PM
Ensemble music rehearsal

12.50PM – 1.15PM
Talk about making double basses

1.45PM – 2.45PM
Masterclass with Phoebe Russell
Hanson Dyer Hall

2.50PM – 3.30PM
Bass Olympics

3.30PM – 4.15PM
Ensemble music rehearsal

Young Bassists Concert (Hanson Dyer Hall)

Sponsorship is gratefully acknowledged from AUSTA Victoria, D'Addario Strings, Atelier Philip Smith, Atelier Puglisi, Bresque Basses, Recital Music and the International Society of Bassists.

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