Author Archives: Volkan ORHON

About Volkan ORHON

Volkan Orhon is professor of double bass at the University of Iowa. As a soloist, Orhon was a finalist and prizewinner in the Concert Artists Guild Solo Competition, placed first at the International Society of Bassists Solo Competition, and was the first bass player ever to win the grand prize at the American String Teacher’s Association Solo Competition. He has performed solo with orchestras including the Adana, Bursa (Turkey), El Paso and Hartford Symphony Orchestras, and was one of the premiere soloists for the International consortium of Pulitzer Winner composer John Harbison’s Concerto for Bass Viol and Orchestra. In addition, Orhon was recently a featured soloist at the Polish World Bass Festival, performing the Bottesini Concerto No. 2 with the Academy Orchestra under the direction of Francesco Petracchi. Mr. Orhon has performed with internationally recognized musicians including Gary Karr, Fazil Say, Emerson & Tokyo String Quartets. He has performed at festivals throughout the world, including the Montreux, Saint Denis‐Paris, Antibes, Montpellier, Istanbul, and Izmir jazz festivals. An orchestra musician as well, he has performed with the Detroit, Hartford, and Cedar Rapids Opera orchestras, and the Ankara Presidential Symphony in Turkey. A highly sought‐after pedagogue, Mr. Orhon has presented master classes and recitals for the Ouro Branco Festival (Brazil), World Bass Festival (Paris), Suzuki of the Americas Biennial Conference, International Society of Bassists, Bursa State Conservatory (Turkey), Arizona State University, University of Michigan.

Upcoming Performances

February 5, 2016 – 7:30 pm
Chamber Music Concert
Krinovitz Hall
Plattsburgh State University of New York
Plattsburgh, NY

February 7, 2016 – 3:00 pm
Chamber Music Concert
Piano by Nature
Hand House
Elizabethtown, NY

March 12-20, 2016
Tucson Winter Chamber Music Festival
3.13.16 – Barrière: Sonata for Cello & Bass in G Major No. 10
3.16.16 – Rossini: String Quartet No. 6
3.18.16 – Puts: Piano Quintet
3.20.16 – G. Schurmann: “Romancing the Strings” for string nonet Premiere
Tucson, AZ

March 22, 2016 – 7:00 pm
Recital with Phil Alejo, double bass
Tannis Gibson, piano
Holsclaw Hall
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ

April 2 – 5, 2016
Fiesole BassThing
Fiesole, Italy

April 6 – 8, 2016
Haute école de musique de Genève
Geneva, Switzerland

August 2, 2016 – TBD
Sebago-Long Lake Festival
Deertrees Theatre
Harrison, ME