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Alexandra Scott: “Training Independent Artists Requires the Teacher to Step Back at a Certain Point and Allow the Student to Walk Their Own Path”


Alexandra Scott, a prominent double bassist, shares insights into her musical journey and experiences. Raised in Somerset, England, surrounded by classical music due to her mother’s involvement in a chamber orchestra, Scott’s interest in the double bass ignited at a young age. Inspired by watching a bass player in rehearsals, she began her musical journey under the guidance of Caroline Emery, who facilitated her early exposure to the instrument through appropriately sized basses.

Scott reflects on the profound influence of her teachers, including Rinat Ibragimov, Esko Laine, and Klaus Stoll. Rinat’s emphasis on resonant sound and Esko’s insights into the “German Sound” significantly impacted her approach to playing. Klaus Stoll’s orchestral experience and unwavering support instilled confidence in her abilities.

With a diverse orchestral career, Scott recounts her initial experience with the Berlin Philharmonic as part of the Karajan Academy, followed by a 13-year tenure as Sub-Principal with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. She cherishes moments like Mariss Jansons’ Beethoven cycle and solo performances under his baton. Scott also highlights the joy of playing in chamber orchestras like the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra.

Offering advice to aspiring musicians, Scott advocates for setting clear goals, emphasizing the importance of both long-term career visions and short-term objectives. She encourages students to absorb information from lessons, seek inspiration from great artists, attend concerts, and read music-related literature.

Discussing audition preparation, Scott stresses the need for a detailed practice schedule, resembling an athlete’s training routine. Performance practice situations, recordings, and mental visualization contribute to holistic audition readiness.

As a double bass professor in Munich since 2020, Scott acknowledges the responsibility of fostering the next generation of musicians. She emphasizes the significance of supporting female students, striving to address gender imbalances in the field. Scott finds teaching a rewarding experience, viewing it as a reciprocal process where both teacher and student grow.

In conclusion, Scott’s advice to future double bassists is to love and burn for their craft while prioritizing preparation, recognizing its pivotal role in achieving success.

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