Contrabass Conversations double bass life

489: Eric Hansen on teaching and learning

May 31, 2018

I was driving from Santa Cruz to San Jose with Barry Green recently.  We were talking about folks I should connect with for the podcast, and Eric Hansen was the first person Barry suggested.  Eric teaches bass at Brigham Young University and is the former principal bassist of the Winnipeg Symphony.


Eric and I met in person for the first time in December of 2017 at the Midwest Clinic. He’s great guy with a fascinating musical background, and I had a blast chatting with him about all kinds of topics like:

  • how he got into conducting
  • ways in which conducting has informed his bass playing
  • studying with Eugene Levinson, Audrey Bush, and Hal Robinson
  • what motivates students


This is a fun and spirited conversation, and I know you’ll enjoy spending this time with Eric and learning about his unique path through the music world!


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