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Paul Ellison


Paul Ellison is one of the world's leading teachers and performers of the Double Bass.

He is Professor of Double Bass at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music and co-principal bass at the Aspen and Grand Teton Festivals.


His diverse international activities include chamber music, period instrument performance, and solo and duo performance, as well as workshops and master classes. He is currently president of the International Society of Bassists.

Professor Ellison's career has included 23 years as principal bass of the Houston Symphony Orchestra, several years as principal double bass of the Santa Fe Opera, and seven years as chair of strings at the University of Southern California. Former students hold prominent positions in orchestras and schools worldwide.

Professor Ellison's regular performances and master classes throughout North America and Europe include those in North America with Da Camera (Houston), Strings in the Mountains (Colorado), Aspen, Festival Domain Forget (Quebec), Yale University and Banff (Canada).

In the UK, Paul Ellison has held Master Classes with students the Yehudi Menuhin School (Surrey, England), the Royal College (London) and the Royal Northern College (Manchester).

In May 2006, Professor Ellison held Master Classes for Double Bass students at the Royal College of Music and at the Yehudi Menuhin School.

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