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331: Artem Chirkov on solo careers, borrowed basses, and musical family

331: Artem Chirkov on solo careers, borrowed basses, and musical family

Artem Chirkov is the principal bassist of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic and was the winner of the 2010 Bradetich International Double Bass Competition. I got a chance to hear Artem play a wonderful recital while he was in San Francisco this March. Here's a great shot of Artem and San Francisco Opera principal bassist Joe Lescher as they performed Passione Amorosa together. I headed over to San Francisco Opera bassist and former podcast guest Shinji Eshima's place the next day to chat with Artem.   We had a great and wide-ranging conversation, covering topics like: the origins of Bassiona Amorosa, the group that Artem has been a part of for the past two decades the fact that Artem always plays on a borrowed bass how he does this and how it actually connects us together as bassists to do that the routine that Artem goes through to acquaint him with new basses how the bass as a solo instrument has evolved and challenges still facing the bass as a solo instrument learning how to feel

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