Reviewing Joel Quarrington in recital, 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. In 2010, his solo recording, “Garden Scene”, won the 2010 Juno Award for Best Classical Recording, and in 2014 his “Brothers in Brahms” won the Opus Prize for Outstanding Classical recording in Quebec. He has been honored twice by the International Society of Bassists with their Special Recognition Awards; in 2011 for Outstanding Solo Performance and in 2015 for Outstanding Orchestral 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 Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra and most recently, the London Symphony Orchestra.
He teaches at the Mount Orford Arts Academy each summer and during the year at the University of Ottawa. He is “Visiting Artist in Double Bass” at the Royal Academy of Music in London.