Théotime Voisin

For Théothime Voisin, the double bass is a boyhood passion which has continued to grow over the years. His musical qualities – excellent technique, precision, a limpid style and an interest in the most diverse aspects of music – have allowed him to explore a considerable portion of the classical literature for the double bass. He plays a double bass crafted by French string instrument maker Jean Auray.

Born in 1992, he first became interested in the double bass at 5 thanks to Jean Ané, principal double bassist at the Montpellier Orchestra.

At 15 he undertook studies at the Concervatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Lyon with Bernard Cazauran and graduated with highest honors. He continued his studies with Alberto Bocini at the Haute Ecole de Musique de Genève where he obtained an instrumental soloist Master’s degree and received the Henry Brolliet Prize. He went on to study at the Bern Hochschule der Künste with Rinat Ibragimov, principal double bassist at the London Symphony Orchestra. He concludes his studies with a Soloist Diploma in the class of Bozo Paradzik at the Freiburg Musikhochschule where he was awarded the Spehl Prize.

He has taken part in numerous master classes in which he has had the opportunity to perfect his technique with such acclaimed double bassists as Jean Paul Céléa, Jurek Dybal, Giuseppe Ettore and Duncan Mc Tier. He has been invited to take part in the Seiji Ozawa International Academy Switzerland working with Robert Mann (Julliard Quartet), Nobuki Imai, Kazuki Yamada and Seiji Ozawa.

Joining the European Union Youth Orchestra at just 14, he quickly becomes an appreciated substitute player in the main french orchestras. He wins in 2015 the principal position of the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, and since 2015 assistant principal double bass in the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam. He played with a number of chamber music

ensembles in France and abroad. He also performed at the Verbier Festival (with Martin Fröst, Julien Quentin, Daniel Lozakovich) and at the Pablo Casal Festival.

His interest in contemporary music led him to premier a work for the Radio Suisse Romande in october 2010 and integrate the Lemanic Modern Ensemble in Geneva. Furthermore, he joins in 2014 the Lucerne Festival Academy to work with members of the Ensemble Intercontemporain.

Théothime Voisin has won awards at a number of international competitions : Valentino Bucci International Competition-Rome 2008, the 2010 Festival Musical d’Automne de Jeunes Interprètes Competition, the 2010 Sperger International Competition (interpretation award), the 2011 International Society of Bassists Solo Competition in San Francisco, the 2012 Bass International Solo Competition in Copenhagen. He received support from the Fondation d’entreprise Banque Populaire.

In october 2011, his adventurous spirit and generosity inspired him to organize a fund-raising tour in Ecuador for the benefit of children with cancer. He took advantage of this stay in Ecuador to offer master classes in several concervatories and collaborate with the Ecuadorian popular singer Herman Sotomayor.

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