Eugene Levinso

Former Principal double Bass New York Philarmonic

Eugene Levinson, recently retired principal bass of the New York Philharmonic, enjoys a worldwide career as soloist and teacher. Born in Kiev, he graduated from the Leningrad Conservatory with a D.M.A. and upon graduation became its youngest faculty member.
In 1985 Mr. Levinson joined the New York Philharmonic as Principal bass and has appeared frequently as a soloist with the orchestra. He has performed the Koussevitzky Concerto and the Tubin Concerto and appeared in a PBS Live from Lincoln Center broadcast of Per Questa Bella Mano with Thomas Quasthoff conducted by Ricardo Muti. A member of the Juilliard School bass faculty since 1985, he was co-chair of the bass department from 1992-2002. He has also been a faculty member of the Aspen Music Festival and School and the Sarasota Music Festival since 1979. Mr. Levinson has led master classes and workshops at Tokyo’s Toho School of Music, The Hague State Conservatory, Madrid’s Reina Sofia Superior, and Lausanne’s Conservatory of Music. Many of his students are members of the world’s most prestigious orchestras. In 2003 Mr. Levinson received the Special Recognition Award in Orchestral Performance from the International Society of Bassists.
Mr. Levinson’s recordings are available on the Cala label. Earlier recordings, remastered for CD by Carl Fischer, were released in 2004. His publications include a technical method book entitled The School of Agility (published by Carl Fischer), Misek Sonata #2 in E minor (International), J.C. Bach Adagio (International),
Franck Sonata (Musici), and Per Questa Bella Mano (Carl Fischer). After many years maintaining a duel schedule of teaching and playing in the orchestra, Mr. Levinson is delighted to now be able to devote his time exclusively to teaching, publishing, and influencing the broader discourse of bass pedagogy. He is currently working with Boosey and Hawkes on a book of orchestral excerpts designed to instruct advanced students and professionals in the art of orchestral auditions.


Alain Bourguignon

Assistant Principal Double Bass Tenerife Symphony Orchestra, Spain

Alain Bourguignon started his musical studies at the Reims Conservatory in France where he graduated with maximum votes from the jury (Gold Medal in unanimity). He followed his undergraduate studies at the superior conservatory in Paris under prof J. M. Rollez, his masters at the Juilliard School in New York under prof. David Walter and specialization course in Geneva with prof. Francesco Petracchi

Mr. Bourguignon performed at the Lyon Opera in France followed as co-principal at the Halle Orchestra in Manchester, England and presently is assistant principal at the Tenerife Symphony orchestra in Spain.

He is presently professor at the Superior Conservatory of Canarias and the professor at the professional Conservatory in Tenerife.

Alain is also a member of the Capriccio Quartet with whom he develops an intense work of chamber music. He has also done extensive work in transcriptions for the double bass and continuous work in contemporary music