Contrabass Conversations double bass life

510: Joel Reist of the Nashville Symphony

Aug. 6, 2018

Joel Reist has been a member of the Nashville Symphony for nearly 20 years, and has served as principal bass since 2003.  A former student of Anthony Bianco and Paul Ellison, Joel spent time in the New World Symphony prior to joining the Nashville Symphony.  He also teaches bass at the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University.

We dig deep into a number of topics:

  • what Tony Bianco was like as a teacher and the rich influences from which he drew
  • how Joel was introduced to Paul Ellison and the impact that it had on his playing
  • one of the biggest pitfalls that bassists fall into during auditions
  • the “rubber chicken” story (Nashville Symphony crazy gig story!)
  • what getting a new hall does for an orchestra
  • how to play quality pizzicati in the orchestra

…and much more!  Joel is a great guy, and it was a blast sitting down with him to chat for the podcast!


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