Congratulations to Daniel Carson, a student of Bruce Bransby and winner of the Bottesini concerto competition in the Jacobs School of Music. Dan will perform the Bottesini Double Bass Concerto No.2 in B Minor with the Symphony Orchestra (Stuart Malina conducting) on Feb 6 in the Musical Arts Center.
Carson is currently in his third year of completing his Bachelor’s degree in double bass performance at the Jacobs School. He has attended numerous music festivals, including Interlochen, Brevard, New York String Orchestra Seminar, and Aspen.
Carson took up double bass in his fourth grade music class. In high school, he studied with Andrew Anderson, bassist in the Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Grant Park Symphony, as well as with Jason Heath of the Elgin Symphony. Throughout high school, Dan participated in the youth music organization Midwest Young Artists, under orchestra director Allan Dennis. Dan was principal bassist in the MYA symphony orchestra in 2009 and 2010. A participant in the Glenbrook Symphony Orchestra in high school, he won the orchestra’s concerto competition in 2010 and was selected for the IMEA All-State Honors Orchestra from 2007-2010, playing principal in 2010.
Also a jazz player, Dan was the bassist in the MYA Big Band and the GBS Big Band throughout high school. Singing is another passion for Carson and he was a baritone in the Jacobs School’s Pro Arte Singers in 2010-11.