Sessional Instructor

BMus (Toronto)

Louis Garson is a double bass player with extensive and diverse performing and teaching experience.

He graduated from the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto, with a BMus in performance. After completing his formal studies and gaining an initial three years of professional experience, and having dual nationality, he moved (back) to England where he worked for twenty years. He performed extensively with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. He recorded and toured with these three orchestras throughout Europe, the US and in South Korea. During this period he also performed and toured with the Philharmonia Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and BBC Concert Orchestras, the Royal Shakespeare Company, London Concert Orchestra, English National Ballet, Opera North and English Touring Opera.

Additionally, he worked in London’s West End Theatres including: Phantom of the Opera, Carousel, My Fair Lady and Carmen Jones. He also did commercial, studio, television and film recording, and his work gave him the opportunity to perform with many of the top conductors, soloists, jazz and pop musicians performing in London at that time.

He has taught many students over the years, and some are currently performing and teaching professionally. As well, he has coached a number of youth orchestra bass sections including: Hertfordshire County and Schools Orchestras, Essex Youth Orchestra, Bedford County Youth Orchestra, and more recently in the Maritimes, the New Brunswick and Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra bass sections.

His main teachers included Thomas Monohan, Stuart Knussen and Leonard Stehn, as well as private study with Joel Quarrington and Tom Martin.

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