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Biography
Double Bassist Brian Ellingsen’s playing has been hailed as “shocking and evocative” by the Philadelphia Enquirer, and Charleston Today has recently described him as “a double bass wizard.” As a soloist he has been featured at the Spoleto Festival USA, New Music Hartford, and placed in many competitions such as the International Society of Bassists competition, and the Van Rooy competition. As a chamber musician he is a standing member of Ensemble ACJW, and Le Train Bleu. He has also performed with the New York Chamber Soloists, the NOW Ensemble, Fifth House Ensemble, and Transit. As an orchestral musician Brian has performed as principle of the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra, and in the summer of 2011 will take part in a European tour with Ensemble Intercontemporain, under the direction of Pierre Boulez. As an advocate for experimental music, Brian has collaborated with visual artists, dancers, and actors to bring their work to life through music and his own improvisations. Brian holds a Bachelors degree from the Hartt School, and a Masters from Yale.
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