Maggie Urquhart

Double bass

Margaret Urquhart 

I am Margaret Urquhart, and will be giving the bass and violone master classes at the Zutphen summer course 2018. I’m a violone and double bass player specializing in early music, performing in many ensembles and orchestras, and teaching at The Hague and Amsterdam conservatories.

I’d like to welcome you to join the violone course in Zutphen. The master classes will include music from the early baroque to the late classical period, both chamber music and solo, for 8′ and 16′ violone and double bass. The classes are open for all levels from amateur to professional. Beginners on the violone who have some experience on another bass stringed instrument will also be able to follow the lessons. There will be some violones available for those without their own instrument.

You are free to choose your own repertoire and the focus of the course is ‘Venice’. I will bring plenty of sheet music from very simple bass lines for improvisation, to repertoire for solo Viennese bass. 8′ violone repertoire such as Rognoni and Vitali as well as 16′ bass lines will be part of the course material.

Double-bass players can bring their own basses with two top gut strings and a baroque bow, or share the instruments and bows that I bring.

You are welcome to contact me by email:

Margaret Urquhart studeerde contrabas en violone bij Anthony Woodrow en viola da gamba bij Anneke Pols aan het Koninklijk Conservatorium in Den Haag. Vervolgens trad ze toe tot veel vooraanstaande barokensembles, waaronder La Petite Bande onder leiding van Sigiswald Kuijken, het Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra (Ton Koopman), het Leonhardt Consort (Gustav Leonhardt) en Collegium Vocale Gent (Philippe Herreweghe).

Sinds 1986 is ze lid van het Orkest van de Achttiende Eeuw en is ze actief als kamermusicus. Ze is docent contrabas en violone aan het Koninklijk Conservatorium Den Haag en aan het Conservatorium van Amsterdam. Daarnaast geeft ze les aan de universiteit van Salamanca en coacht ze bij het European Baroque Orchestra. Margaret Urquhart geeft concerten op de 16-voet-contrabas, de violone, de Weense contrabas en de 8-voet-violone in verschillende stemmingen.