Contrabass Conversations Co-host John Grillo from classicalmusicnews.tv and I are concluding our interview with Cleveland Orchestra Principal Bass Max Dimoff this week. Before winning his job with the Cleveland Orchestra, Max served as Principal Bass of the San Antonio Symphony and Section Bass for the Grant Park Symphony and Seattle Symphony.
In this second segment of our interview with Max, we cover the use of rhythms in practicing solo and orchestral music, why he finds warm-up exercises useful, standing versus sitting, and audition preparation advice.
In addition to serving as Principal Bass with the Cleveland Orchestra, Max is on faculty at the Cleveland Institute of Music along with Jeff Bradetich, his former teacher from Northwestern University. Max and Jeff team teach the CIM bass studio in a very interesting arrangement which we discuss during our interview.
Max’s colleague Jeff Bradetich recently appeared on Contrabass Conversations as well. Here are links both to Jeff’s interview and to Jeff’s own technique packets, which may be interesting to delve into for listeners as well:
- Jeff Bradetich interview part 1
- Jeff Bradetich interview part 2
- Bradetich Technique Packet
- Bradetich Advanced Technique Packet
More interviews co-hosted by John Grillo:
- Lawrence Hurst – Indiana University
- Barrie Kolstein – Kolstein & Sons
- Jack Budrow – Michigan State
- Owen Lee – Cincinnati Symphony
- Ranaan Meyer – Time for Three
- Dan Krekeler – Metropolitan Opera
- I Fight Dragons (music heard on this show)
- Jim Goodrich – my co-panelist for the Chicago Music Commission
- International Society of Bassists – convention in June!
- String Emporium – advertiser
- Upton Bass Co. – advertiser