Venezuelan double bassist Edicson Ruiz is one of the premier double bass soloists in the world. He is a previous winner of the International Society of Bassists solo competition and in 2003 became one of the youngest members of the Berlin Philharmonic at the age of 18. He’s described as a shining example of the ground-breaking El Sistema.
Mr. Ruiz was in Logan in March to participate in several activities at Utah State University. Then restrictions were imposed to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus. I did complete an interview with him, which we’ll hear today, and the USU Symphony Orchestra completed a dress rehearsal with Mr. Ruiz. At the end of the hour today we’ll hear a portion of a recording of that dress rehearsal. And we invite you to join us for conversation with Edicson Ruiz; Sergio Bernal, Director of Orchestral Studies in the Caine College of the Arts at USU; and Braun Kahn, Assistant Professor of Double Bass and Jazz Studies at USU.