Hans Sturm

Past-President of the International Society of Bassists, Hans Sturm has taught and toured on six continents as a symphonic, jazz, and chamber musician. He has contributed performances and compositions to over fifty jazz and chamber music recordings including releases on Blue Note, Music & Arts, Cadence, Innova, CRI, and Red Mark. He is also an award-winning producer for his pedagogical DVD The Art of the Bow with François Rabbath. He has served on the juries of numerous national and international solo, jazz, and composition competitions including competitions organized by the International Society of Bassists and the American String Teacher's Association. His major teachers have included Ferdinand Maresh (Philadelphia Orchestra), Anthony Bianco (Pittsburgh Symphony), Richard Davis (University of Wisconsin), Jeff Bradetich (Northwestern University), and François Rabbath. Dr. Sturm is Professor of Double Bass and Chair of the String Area in the Glenn Korff School of Music at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln.


Niccolo Paganini's Moses Fantasy Variation on One String gave the listener more insight into the capabilities of the double bass. Originally written for the violin, the Moses Fantasy is written in a virtuosic style that has become Paganini's trademark. Just the mere thought of playing Paganini's mesmerizing lines would dispel most performers from attempting it. To try to play them on the double bass seems almost impossible. However, Sturm was amazing in his facility to negotiate the work's difficult passages, all the while allowing different tonal sounds to emanate from the instrument. In Sturm's hands, the double bass is an instrument with endless possibilities. Jeffery Pappas, Telegraph Herald

His piece for Joelle Leandre was so gorgeous the capacity audience was visibly stirred. International Society of Bassists Convention Review, Bass World Journal

Ball State faculty member Hans Sturm was featured on the next work, Koussevitsky's Concerto for Double Bass, Op

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Primary Instrument

Bass, acoustic

Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced


Professor, Ball State University over 15 years Masterclasses on six continents By appointment - the first one is always free

Clinic/Workshop Information

The innovations of François Rabbath including: Art of the Bow (seven families of strokes) Art of the Left Hand Applying Rabbath's Innovations to Jazz


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