Paul Ellison, co-principal bass at the Aspen and Grand Teton Festivals, is Professor of Double Bass at Rice University´s Shepherd School of Music. In addition, his diverse international activities include chamber music, period instrument performance, and solo and duo performance, as well as workshops and masterclasses.
Paul enjoyed 23 years as principal bass of the Houston Symphony Orchestra, several years as principal double bass of the Santa Fe Opera, and seven years as chair of strings at the University of Southern California.
Regular performances and master classes throughout North American and Europe include those with Da Camera (Houston), Strings in the Mountains (Steamboat Springs, Colorado), Aspen, Festival Domain Forget (Quebec), the Curtis Institute, Yale University, Banff (Canada), the Yehudi Menuhin School (Surrey, England), the Royal College (London), the Royal Northern College (Manchester), the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Festival Flaine de Musique (Flaine, France), Sarasota (Florida), Southern California Resource for Electro-Acoustic Music (Los Angeles), the Grand Teton Festival, and conventions of the International Society of Bassists in New York, Los Angeles, Houston, Chicago (Evanston), Austin, and Cincinnati, and in England, France, and Germany. Most recently, Ellison was in residence at Australia´s National Academy of Music in Melbourne as a guest artist and faculty member.
Ellison and his wife, oboist Linda Gilbert, frequently share the stage, performing duos written for them. With former students holding prominent positions in orchestras and schools worldwide, Ellison holds the first Diploma and Teaching Certificate awarded by the Institute Rabbath in Paris and is currently president of the International Society of Bassists.
Faculties / departments: Strings
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