Double bass

Aleksey Vlasov

In the orchestra since 2018

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THE DOUBLE BASS?
My mother has worked all her life as an accompanist in cello and double bass classes at Kazan Conservatory. Since the age of 3, I stayed at those classes and plucked the strings. In fact, my mother wanted me to become a pianist, and I even graduated from the piano class at music school. Yet, as soon as the question of my further specialization emerged, my teacher suggested trying the double bass. Ever since then, I did not need to be persuaded to practice: I could literally spend whole days at music college.
DO THOSE WHO BEGIN STUDYING ACADEMIC MUSIC AT AN EARLY AGE HAVE ANY SPARE TIME TO JUST PLAY IN THE STREET?
I shudder at the memories of my piano lessons, particularly in the summer. We lived on the ground floor, and my friends used to run up to the open window and call me to come out and play football. But I was sitting at the piano with a bunch of matches at my side and my mother listening from the kitchen. If I played the piece well, I put one match on the other side. There were ten matches overall. Of course, I rejected it, I cried, and I hated the piano — although I love listening to piano music.
WHAT MUSIC DO YOU LISTEN TO?
There is too much to name, not just classical music. I like Jamiroquai, I enjoy fusion, and I may listen to jazz from time to time.
COULD YOU NAME THREE PIECES WHICH YOU CONSIDER THE PINNACLE OF CLASSICAL MUSIC?
“The Firebird” by Stravinsky, Mahler’s Symphony No.1, and “A Hero’s Life” by Strauss would probably make my list.
WHAT DOES MUSICAETERNA MEAN TO YOU?
I have only been part of the orchestra for a few months but I can already tell that every single person here — from the concertmaster to the very last stand — gives their 100%. This orchestra has no secondary roles, and everyone’s contribution to the overall sound is equally important. I enjoy this immensely.

musicAeterna orchestra events

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Gustav Mahler
Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor (1901-1902)

Alexey Retinsky
“Anaphora” for Symphony Orchestra (World Premiere)

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An event of Moscow residency

Gustav Mahler
Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor (1901-1902)

Alexey Retinsky
“Anaphora” for Symphony Orchestra

An event of Moscow residency
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An event of Moscow residency

Gustav Mahler
Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor (1901-1902)

Alexey Retinsky
“Anaphora” for Symphony Orchestra

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Gustav Mahler
Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor (1901-1902)

Alexey Retinsky
“Anaphora” for Symphony Orchestra