This week, we’re featuring an interview with Klauss Stoll, the recently retired Principal Bass of the Berlin Philharmonic. He has taught for many years in Berlin, Salzburg, and in master classes worldwide, and is regarded as one of the finest teachers of the double bass alive today.
This interview was conducted by Jonathan Stefaniak, a former member of the Civic Orchestra who is now playing in an orchestra in Japan. Jonathan was recently working with Professor Stoll in a master class setting and had the opportunity to sit down and chat with him for the podcast.
In this interview, Jonathan and Klaus discuss Klaus’ early years on the instrument, his time spent in the Berlin Philharmonic, auditioning for co-principal and eventually first principal chair, his chamber duo, orchestral style, developments in eduction and the decline of the despotic maestro, the unique characteristics of the Berlin Philharmonic, and specifics about his teaching.
Learn more about Klaus at his website: klausstoll.com
Klaus also has a DVD for sale.
About Klaus Stoll:
Klaus Stoll, born in May 1943 in Rheydt / Germany, first played the violin, but at the age of twelve started playing the double bass which he was taught by his father Karl Stoll . During studies with Heinz Detering in Cologne he became a member of the Niederrheinische Sinfoniker in 1959. Six years later he joined the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, became co – principal bassist in 1967 and finally, in 1992 he became first soloist of this world famous orchestra.
In addition to his frequent appearances as soloist he has a long and worldwide career as chamber musician. Stoll premiered more than sixty new works for double bass solo and appeared at many renowned festivals (in Salzburg, Lucerne, Aldeburgh, Helsinki, Echternach, Santander, Rheingau, Tokyo, etc.). Klaus Stoll works with the Berlin Philharmonic Ensemble ” Berliner Barocksolisten ” and periodically together with great musicians like Heinz Holliger, Maurice Bourgue, Emanuel Pahud, Andras Schiff, Bruno Canino, Rainer Kussmaul, Christiane Jaccotet, Thomas Zehetmair, and Nicolaus Harnoncourt.
He has taught at the “Hochschule der Kuenste” ( HdK / UdK ) in Berlin from 1980 to 2000, as professor at the Hochschule Mozarteum in Salzburg from 1991 to 1998 and since 1992 he exclusively teaches at the ” Academy of Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. He regulary held courses and masterclasses in Italy ( Milano , Ferrara , Fiesole ) , in Japan ( PMF) , for ten years between 1988 and 2004 at the Carl – Flesch – Academy in Baden – Baden , from 1991 to 1997 the summer academies in Salzburg and since 2003 he teaches at the Instrumenta in Puebla and Oaxaca / Mexico . Klaus Stoll is appointed professor h.c. of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music since 2005 and has taught in 18 countries of Europe , Asia and North and South America.
Since 2002 Klaus Stoll and his wife Ofelia hold courses and classes together in both main techniques, the French and the German Bow and in their languages German, English and Spanish for professional and junior bassists.