Lauren Pierce brings an impressive and formidable repertoire to the table, taking many a risk playing works often designed for more versatile and manageable smaller instruments. Her standard performance repertoire includes pieces such as Pablo Sarasate’s Zigeunerweisen, Victor Herbert’s 2nd Cello Concerto, and Vittorio Monti’s Czardas. She has garnered an extensive international following through her performance videos on her YouTube channel, where she is famous for playing such works with ease and virtuosity. She has been featured in many major publications, including Classic FM, the Strad, NoTreble, and The Entrepreneurial Musician.
Also a passionate and dedicated educator, Lauren has devoted much of her energy to furthering the accessibility of double bass education worldwide through her work with the online school, Discover Double Bass. She has published several full-length courses and countless individual video lessons, and has reached thousands of students of all ages and career paths.
Lauren has given masterclasses and guest residencies at prestigious institutions such as New York University, SUNY Stony Brook, James Madison University, the University of North Texas, and Central Washington University. She is a frequent clinician at summer festivals, including Sewanee Summer Music Festival, the University of North Texas Summer Strings Institute, and Voksenaasen at the Norwegian Academy of Music.
Lauren resides in Dallas, Texas, where she regularly performs and teaches. She plays on a small Italian instrument built by an unknown maker ca 1850s.
“American double bassist Lauren Pierce proves Sarasate’s flurries of violin-virtuoso notes are no match for her nimble fingers.” -Kyle MacDonald, Classic FM (https://www.classicfm.com/discover-music/latest/double-bass-sarasate-zigeunerweisen/#t1EZX3HDWb9qRlfY.97)
“She is among the very few bass players in her generation who is using her brilliant virtuosity and mature musicianship to bring out the most subtle and refined emotions in any musical work performed on bass.” -Catalin Rotaru
“She is one of the best bass players I have ever heard in my life. She has a magic sound, brilliant technique, and wonderful musicality. Her way of playing is very passionate, gorgeous, virtuosic. She is marvelous.” -Roman Patkolo
“She is simply an exception.” -Edicson Ruiz
March 1, 2020
10:30 am, Kresge Theatre
Ms. Pierce will critique the following students of the Carnegie Mellon Double Bass Studio:
Blake Giesting, Master of Music: Prelude from Bach’s Third Suite for Unaccompanied Cello transcribed for Double Bass in G Major
Andrew Ballard, Master of Music: first movement of the Koussevitsky Double Bass Concerto; performed with Sung-Im Kim
Levee Stadel, Master of Music: movements 1 and 2 of the Hindemith Sonata; performed with Sung-Im Kim
Daniel Murray, Master of Music: second movement of the Andres Martin Double Bass Concerto No. 1; performed with Sung-Im Kim