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Orlando Bass, born in 1994, is a Franco-British pianist, harpsichord player, composer and improviser. He holds master's degrees in solo piano (R. Muraro) and chamber music (I. Golan), compositional techniques (under F. Waksman, J.-B. Courtois, T. Escaich and A. Mabit), and piano accompaniment (J.- F. Neuburger and E. Guiomar), from the Paris CNSM. In recent years he has obtained prizes in a number of International competitions; these include the Grand-Prix at the Paris CFRPM Festival-Competition for Modern Piano Repertoire (April 2016), first prize at Les Virtuoses du Cœur (March 2016) and winner of the Bologna Harpsichord Competition (Italy) run by the Paola Bernardi Foundation (November 2015). As a composer, his catalogue mainly includes instrumental chamber music, works for solo piano and two operas - to which should be added regular live improvisations to silent films. On a musicological front, he has particularly championed the work of French composer, engraver and painter Michel Ciry through on-going recordings and analytical research papers. Whether as a soloist or chamber player, Orlando Bass is a keen interpreter of modern and contemporary music and has given numerous first performances of new works. Among his recordings are: 4 CDs of transcriptions for 2 harpsichords with fellow harpsichordist Mireille Podeur for Maguelone publishing company, a CD of 20th and 21st century Preludes and Fugues for solo piano with indéSens, and a CD of world premieres for solo piano with DUX. He is since June 2019 a laureate of the Banque Populaire foundation.

Orlando Bass

Piano | Composition

Paris, France

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