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Jim Vanderspar (Double Bass) Profile

Jim's Orchestral bookings include …

  • Orchestras: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra.
  • Chamber Orchestras: Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

other items of interest …

  • London Symphony Orchestra - Tutti (Trial)
  • Camerata Zurich - Principal (Trial)
  • BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra - Principal (Trial)
  • St Gallen Symphony Orchestra - (Guest Principal)
  • World Orchestra for Peace - Co-principal & tutti (2014, 2018)
  • Orpheus Sinfonia - Principal & tutti
  • London Sinfonietta Academy Alumni - recording for BBC Prom project
  • Luzern Symphony Orchestra - Extra

    Ochestral Training
  • Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester - Principal & tutti
  • Gustav Mahler Academy Chamber Orchestra - Principal
  • Britten Pears Orchestra - Principal
  • London Symphony Orchestra Strings Academy - Principal
  • Royal College of Music Symphony and Philharmonic Orchestras - Principal & tutti
  • Bromley Youth Music Trust 2006 - 2008 - Principal in the Chamber Orchestra

    Education Experience
  • London Symphony Orchestra Discovery Department 2006
    • Two weeks teaching and supervising disabled and able children, electronic music

    Chamber Music
  • BBC Youth Project - Judith Weir double bass duet 'What sound will chase the elephants away' at the Barbican for the Judith Weir Festival
  • Royal College of Music 'Rising Stars' concert playing Trout Quintet in Cadogan Hall, London
  • Playing Bottesini 'Passione Amorosa' Double bass duet in Wigmore Hall, London

  • Royal College of Music Double Bass competition - 1st Prize 2012 & 1st Prize 2014
  • Finalist in Royal College of Music concerto competition
  • Participant in the ARD International Music Competition, 2016 Munich
  • 1st International 'Golden Bass' competition Ukraine - Finalist and prizewinner
    • Koussevitzky Double Bass Concerto with the L'viv Philharmonic in Ukraine
    • Prize given for best performance of 'Contrabass dance' especially composed by Bodana Frolyak for the 'Golden Bass' competition - 2013

Jim Vanderspar studied at the Royal College of Music with Enno Senft and at the Hochschule Luzern with Božo Paradžik.

Jim has played in orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, World Orchestra for Peace and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as guest principal in the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic, Camerata Zurich and St Gallen Symphony Orchestra. He was also principal in the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, Britten Pears Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra String Academy and also attended chamber music master classes in the Gustav Mahler Academy in Bolzano.

Jim has been successful in international competitions reaching the final in the first 'Golden Bass' International Double Bass competition in Ukraine and winning the best interpretation prize for 'Contrabass Dance' by Bodahna Froylak. In 2014 he reached the final of the RCM Concerto competition and he has also won the first prize in the RCM Double Bass competition in both 2012 and 2014.

As a soloist, Jim has played recitals in London, Royal College of Music, Walton-on-themes and in Leeds Music Conservatoire. He has also played the Koussevitzky Double Bass concerto with the L'viv Music Academy and Bottesini 'Passione Amerosa' with the Salamanca Youth Orchestra. He also had the honour of performing this in Wigmore Hall as part of the RCM Rising Stars series.

Recitals and Concertos

  • Koussevitsky Concerto with the L'viv Music Academy
  • Bottesini Passione Amorosa with the Salamanca Youth Orchestra
  • Lunchtime recital at the Royal College of Music
  • Recital in Walton-on-Themes (London)
  • Recital in Leeds Conservatoire of Music


Graduate studies

  • Luzern Hochschule - MOrch with Božo Paradžik - 2016
  • Luzern Hochschule - MPerf with Božo Paradžik - 2014 - 2016
  • Royal College of Music - BMus (Hons) Music 2011-2014
  • Private study with Rinat Ibragimov 2009-2010
  • Guildhall School of Music 2008-2009


Thomas Martin, Rinat Ibragimov, Enno Senft and Božo Paradžik

Masterclasses with

  • Paul Ellison, Caroline Emery, Peter Buckoke, Tom Martin, Tim Cobb, Alberto Bocini, Boguslaw Furtok, Jan Alm, Dan Styffe, Joel Quarrington, Rinat Ibragimov, Luis Cabrera, Dorin Marc, Janne Saksala and David Moore
  • Morgensterns Audition Masterclass - Caroline Dearnley, Paul Kimber, Pieter Schoeman, Edward Vanderspar

Jim joined Morgensterns in October 2016

Jim's web profile was last updated 8th May 2019


Jim Vanderspar (Double Bass) Profile


Jim Vanderspar (Double Bass) Profile

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