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Jim Vanderspar (Double Bass) Profile

Orchestral bookings (since joining Morgensterns in October 2016)

  • Orchestras: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra.

Jim's orchestral work also includes

  • 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 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

  • 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 27th Jul 2018


Jim Vanderspar (Double Bass) Profile


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