Jim Vanderspar studied at the Royal College of Music with Enno Senft and is now a master student at the Luzern Hochschule for Music with Božo Paradžik.
Jim is currently on trial with the London Symphony Orchestra and for Principal Double Bass with the Camerata Zurich. He has also played with orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra, Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, Britten Pears Orchestra, The London Symphony Orchestra Strings Academy, The Sinfonetta Academy and the Gustav Mahler Academy. During his time at the Royal College of Music, he had the opportunity to play with such conductors as Bernard Haitink and Sir Roger Norrington.
In 2014, Jim was given the opportunity to play with some of world's most renowned orchestral musicians in the World Orchestra for Peace commemorating World War I.
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 Muisic, Walton-on-themes and in Leeds 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 in the RCM Rising Stars series.
Recitals and Concertos
Thomas Martin, Rinat Ibragimov, Enno Senft and Božo Paradžik
Jim joined Morgensterns in October 2016
Jim's web profile was last updated 8th Feb 2019