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Roman Patkoló

Monday, 14 October 2013

The Slovakian double bassist shares his musical heroes

Klaus Trumpf's teaching technique is all I could have wished for

Anne-Sophie Mutter has had a huge impact on me as a musician. Her foundation has supported me since I was 16 years old, and we have premiered specially commissioned duos by André Previn, Krzysztof Penderecki and Wolfgang Rihm together. Witnessing her terrific musicality, flawless technique and beautiful sound at first hand has been a great privilege.

My teacher at the Munich Hochschule, Klaus Trumpf, is a legend of the bass world, and he has been like a father to me. There is no bass piece that he doesn’t know off by heart, and his teaching technique, with its emphasis on learning pieces from the ground up while developing one’s own interpretation, is all I could have wished for.

Originally published in The Strad, January 2011. Subscribe to The Strad or download our digital edition as part of a 30-day free trial.

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