Agility comes first.
Reviewing Joel Quarrington’s debut recital for the International Society of Bassists’ Oklahoma City convention in June of 2007, England’s Double Bassist magazine declared, “his performance was mesmerizing – his trademark bel canto playing style brought an otherworldly quality to Bottesini’s Elegy in D…impeccable articulation, a rich tonal palette, absolute control and crystalline clarity.” Reviews such as this have solidified his reputation as one of today’s leading double bassists. Born in Toronto, Canada, Joel Quarrington began playing the double bass at the age of eleven and was trained in Toronto, Rome, Vienna and Prague.
Joel enjoys a worldwide reputation as a soloist and has several distinguished awards to his credit. Most recently, in April 2010, his solo recording, “Garden Scene”, won the 2010 Juno Award for Best Classical Recording, and in June 2011 a Special Recognition Award from the International Society of Bassists for Outstanding Solo Performance.
For over thirty years, Joel has served as the Principal Double Bassist of many ensembles, including the Canadian Opera Company, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa. Recently he has accepted an offer from the London Symphony Orchestra to become their new Principal Bassist commencing in August 2013.