Thierry Barbé is a man in constant motion.
When he’s not performing as principal bass of the Paris National Opera or teaching at the Paris Conservatory, Thierry can be found in all corners of the globe, performing lesser-known gems from the bass repertoire and giving clinics along the way.
He is a technical synthesizer, pulling from many different schools of playing, even incorporating German bow into his bag of techniques.
Thierry is a pioneer in uniting the European double bass community. He organized the first European Bass Conference in 2008 and started the European Society of Bassists shortly after that.
Best of all, Thierry is a warm and caring person who brightens the day of anyone he runs into. I had the good fortune to work with him on the International Society of Bassists board a few years ago, and he brought a marvelous energy to the organization.
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Resources we covered in this interview:
French Impressions on Amazon (MP3 download)