Solo Double bass – Dario Calderone – Part II

09/2015 Gaudeamus – NLimpuls – AT

Calderone_02_byMichel Marang

© Michel Marang


This is a program of new pieces for solo double bass (with and without electronics), involving impuls Academy and Festival in Graz (AT) and Gaudeamus Muziekweek in Utrecht (NL). :


The idea of the project is to create a “corpus” of literature for solo double bass in order to fill in a void; for some reason no bass player in past years ever stimulated or inspired the creation of new pieces, like for example Harry Sparnaay did for the bass clarinet.

# commissions to 3 composers, so far – names to be announced soon
# composition workshop for double bass solo pieces at impuls academy 2015 (involving 7 student composers)


The project will be organized in several steps, over one year.


After the first commissions, following a call for solo works in 2014, a workshop and some rehearsal sessions during impuls Academy and Festival in February 2014, as detailed here,

the work on the piece by Gagi Petrovic, and by other composers selected via impuls will continue:

Final workshops with the composers take place during the Gaudeamus Academy, 4-10 September 2015 in Utrecht.
Performance of this new work plus rerun of the 2 works from impuls, eventually with already existing works of the above mentioned list at Gaudeamus Muziekweek, Utrecht, on 11th September 2015 at 5pm, KuuB, Utrecht.



Gagi Petrovic (NLD) – Give more
Peter Fahey (GBR)new work
Yannis Kyriakides (CYP/NLD) – Testudo (winnnaar Gaudeamus Award 2000)
Claudio Baroni (ARG) – Solo VII – Ursae Minoris
Oliver Thurley (GBR) – Yet another example of the porousness of certain objects
Tomoya Yokokawa (JPN) – December Rush

Please find more information about the final concert and tickets here.



In Utrecht (NL):

Gaudeamus Academy, 4-10 September 2015

Gaudeamus Muziekweek 9-13 September 2015.


Reruns of the pieces are currently planned (tbc) in:

– Korzo (The Hague),

– Mediamatic (Amsterdam),

– Splendor (Amsterdam),

– Bologna in “Teatro comunale”,

– Hong Kong new music festival and

– Tashkent.





Dario Calderone (Rome, 1978) is one of the most representative doublebass player of his generation.  Trained as a classical performer,  he graduated with maximum marks at the Coservatorio di S. Cecilia in Rome with Massimo Giorgi. He Studied later with Francesco Petracchi at the renowned Accademia Walter Stauffer in Cremona. Already during his studies he started his carrier as a chamber musician, becoming in 2001 a member of the chamber string ensemble “I solisti aquilani”, with whom he played as a soloist the Bottesini repertoire in Italy, Vietnam, Singapore and many other countries in Europe. After, from 2004 until 2006 he was principal solo doublebass of the orchestra of the “Teatro Massimo” of Palermo and of the “Teatro dell’Opera” of Rome.

In 2007 decided to leave his Orchestra carrier and to focus on new experimental techniques. He became one of the few pupils of the well renowned doublebass player and composer Stefano Scodanibbio from whom he learned all the extended techniques from the last century. Moreover he studied experimental musical theatre with Georges Aperghis and Pierre Sublet at the HKB of Bern, working especially on the works of J. Cage, D. Schnabel and G. Aperghis.

Dario Calderone is  well appreciated as a chamber musician and soloist,and focuses his activity mainly on the literature of the last 40 years. He is member of   Nieuw ensemble (NL), Ensemble Algoritmo (IT) and Ensemble Laboratorium (CH), and has been often invited to collaborate with ASKO/Schönberg ensemble and Klangforum Wien.  He collaborated with a number of composers such as Salvatore Sciarrino, Ivan Fedele, Yannis Kyriakides, Georges Aperghis, Beat Furrer, Bernhard Lang, Terry Riley, Louis Andriessen and Robert Ashley in the creation of new pieces for solo doublebass or chamber music with doublebass. In 2008 co funds CO2, a duo with the flutist Riccarda Caflisch; in 2012 starts, together with Yannis Kyriakides, Anne Laberge, Wijk Hijmans and Reinier Van Houdt the MAzE project, based in Amsterdam, for experimental interactive composition. Regularly plays chamber music with Marco Rogliano and Mario Caroli.

He is regularly invited in many festivals of contemporary music (Biennale di Venezia, Nuova Consonanza, Auditorium Parco della musica di Roma, Traiettorie Parma, Rec Festival  of Reggio Emilia, Tage fur Neue Musiek Zurich, Luzern Festival, Davos Festival, Festival d’Automne of Paris, Muziekgebow Amsterdam, November Music of Den Bosch, Gaudeamus festival, Darmstadt Ferienkurse, Berliner Konzerthaus, Wien Modern, Huddersfield Contemporary music festival, June in Buffalo in NY, Reyna Sofia in Madrid, Festival de Alicante,NYID festival Tallinn etc…).  He recorded  for Wergo,  Stradivarius, Attacca Records, Dynamic, Unsounds and the Bottesini B minor concerto for Nbb Records.

Active as a teacher he gave masterclasses in the Accademia di S. Cecilia in Rome, the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, the Uzbekistan state conservatory and the Shanghai music Academy.  He also had different recognitions in competitions, like, among others, 1° prize at W. Benzi competition in 2002 and IMD Darmstadt Stipendiumprize in 2006.

He plays a Chanot from the beginning of XIX and a 5string Mattei, copy of Marcucci (1984).


organized in partnership with Gaudeamus - NLimpuls - AT