Oct. 1, 2018
Kristin Zoernig is one of the country’s most in-demand early music double bassists. In addition to being the bassist for the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Kristin performs with the American Bach Soloists, Oregon Bach Festival, Cantata Collective, and a wide range of other ensembles.
Kristin and I got together in person in Oakland, California to talk about her path through the music world and what it’s like being so heavily involved in the early music world. We dig into the endlessly fascinating role of the continuo, the sonic complexities of gut strings, how Kristin first became enthralled with early music, and much more!
We also talked a lot about influences and a bit about gear. Here’s Kristin in her own words on those two topics:
Lou Israel got me started, then I worked w John Grossman for a number of years. At Interlochen, I studied w Jack Budrow, Chris Brown, and Jeff Bradetich. Then stayed w Jeff at Northwestern. In Norway, I not only studied w Knut Guettler, but also Dan Styffe. After coming back to the U. S., I studied with Gary Karr.
My strings are hand made by Damian Dlugolecki, and Pirastro (Olives). I’m gonna try some Nikolas Baldock strings next, though I’m not displeased with my current setup. My Baroque and Classical/ Transitional bows are made by Ralph Ashmead. I do have some additional bows, but the ones I use the most, are from Ralph.
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