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Double bass

Carlos Navarro

In the orchestra since 2017

Carlos Navarro Herrero started to play the double bass at the age of 15. He studied in the conservatory of his natal city, Murcia, with David Monrabal, continued in London with Rinat Ibragimov, and finished his studies in Moscow State Conservatory under Professor Eugene Kolosov. He has been performing with the musicAeterna orchestra since 2017.

He has taken masterclasses from Luis Cabrera, Grigory Krotenko, Janne Saksala, Edicson Ruiz, Esko Laine, Catalin Rotaru and others.

He is a winner of the Koussevitzky double bass competition (III prize), and the Leopold Bellan Competition in Paris (III prize). He got scholarships from the KIA motors Foundation, given by Sumi Cho, and the Guildhall School Trust.

He has performed in different youth orchestras, including the orchestra of the SHMF Festival in Germany, the Spanish Youth Orchestra, and the European Union Baroque Orchestra.

AFTER ALMOST EVERY REHEARSAL, EVEN WHEN IT HAS BEEN EXHAUSTING, YOU STAY ON AND PRACTICE SOME MORE. ARE YOU A PERFECTIONIST?
I’m not sure why I do it, I just need it. First, I’m used to practicing a lot and moreover, you’re right, I always want to get better. I always aim for perfection although I know that perfection is elusive.
HOW MANY HOURS A DAY DO YOU PRACTICE?
If I have no rehearsal or concert, I try to practice for five hours a day, sometimes I manage to do eight. It can be hard, but it is necessary. And when we rehearse, I try to practice for at least three hours on top of it.
IS THAT WHY YOU ALWAYS BRING YOUR BASS WITH YOU?
Yes, first of all this is for practicing. At the same time, I am simply used to my instrument. Violinists don’t play a different instrument on every new stage and I don’t want to do it either.
WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR SPARE TIME? DO YOU HAVE ANY?
Frankly, there is not much spare time, but when I do have some, I hang out with my friends. I am hardly ever at home.
WHAT DO YOU DO ON THE DAY OF A CONCERT?
I try to rehearse, to look at the score again. I do not have any particular habits in this respect. Although lately I have taken to wearing socks of different colour for concerts, just for fun.
WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
Mostly girls, of course, love is a source of inspiration. Some people are inspired by books, some by films. This is good for personal growth, but I am most inspired by things that happen in my own life.

musicAeterna orchestra events

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An event of Salzburg Festival

Paul Dessau
Guernica – Piano piece after Picasso

Karl Amadeus Hartmann
Piano Sonata ‘27. April 1945’

Dmitry Shostakovich
String Quartet No. 8 in C minor op. 110 – ‘In memory of the victims of fascism and the war’

Alfred Schnittke
Requiem for solo voices, choir and chamber ensemble

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An event of Salzburg Festival

Henry Purcell
Dido and Aeneas – Opera in three acts on a libretto by Nahum Tate after Virgil’s epic poem Aeneis
(Concert Performance)

Dmitry Shostakovich
Symphony No. 14 in G minor for soprano, bass and chamber orchestra op. 135

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Richard Wagner (1813-1883)
Opera “Tristan and Isolde” (concert performance), 1859

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Richard Wagner (1813-1883)
Opera “Tristan and Isolde” (concert performance), 1859