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Double bassist, IOS 2018-2019

Ben du Toit

Last updated: January 15, 2019

Since starting the Violin at the age of 5, Music has always been a large part of Ben’s life. While in high school he started playing the electric bass, making the switch to the upright in his last year when the high school purchased one for the jazz band. Once that switch had been made he began pursuing a career in orchestral double bass playing. After taking some lessons in the Kingston area, he auditioned at the University of Ottawa to study with David Currie. In his second year of studies he began to play with the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra. In between his years of study, Ben has been fortunate to play with the Orchestre de la Francophonie, and the National Youth Orchestra of Canada for two consecutive summers. 

Since graduating in 2017 he has had many freelancing opportunities, including performing in the pit band for a two-week run of the travelling production of “The Phantom of the Opera,” and also being featured as a guest artist in the NAC’s Wolfgang Sessions series. When not playing the bass, Ben enjoys various other hobbies including climbing, woodworking, and spending as much time as possible in the outdoors. 

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