Double Bassist

Bass - Dcp_5015

Craig Randal Johnson has previously been quite active as double bassist, though in recent years has devoted more time and energy performing as conductor and pianist. Mr. Johnson has also taught several double bass students.

Contracted Orchestral Positions:
Principal Bassist, Florida Symphony Orchestra/ Orlando, Florida (Four Seasons)
Staatsorchester Braunschweig/ Braunschweig, Germany
Aspen Chamber Symphony/ Aspen, Colorado
Columbus Symphony/ Columbus, Ohio

Summer Festivals, Substitute and Related Work/ Aushilfer:
Osnabrücker Sinfoniker (Osnabrück Opera Orchestra)/ Osnabrück, Germany
Staatsorchester Kassel/ Kassel
Radio Symphony Orchester Berlin/ Berlin
Mozarteum Sommerakademie Orchester, Salzburg, Austria
Rome Festival Orchestra, including members of RAI Rome Orchestra/ Italy
Superior Festival Orchestra, Marquette MI
Dartmouth Congregation of the Arts, Hanover, NH
Florida Gulf Coast Symphony, Tampa-St. Petersburg FL
Jacksonville Symphony, Jacksonville FL
Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra, Duluth MN
Marquette Symphony Orchestra, Marquette MI

Double Bass Professors and Teachers:
James Clute: Bassist, Minnesota Orchestra and Professor, Univ. of Minnesota
Joseph Guastafeste: Principal Bassist, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Warren Benfield: Bassist, Chicago Symphony and Professor at Northwestern Univ.
Lucas Drew: Dartmouth College, then Professor at University of Florida/ Coral Gables
Stuart Sankey: Aspen Music School; then Professor at University of Texas at Austin


Double Bassist with the Arius Chamber Society/ Edina (Minneapolis), Minnesota
The Arius Chamber Ensemble, created and led by Robert (Bob) Fried, consisted of approximately 12 string players performing without conductor. Mr. Johnson was the single double bassist from 2004-7, as Arius played numerous concerts in the greater Minneapolis-St. Paul area.

An incomplete list of works performed includes:
Albinoni (Giazotto): Adagio in G minor
Bach, J.S.: Cantata #21/ I Have Had Much Distress
Bach, J.S: Cantata #140/ Wake, Arise
Britten: Simple Symphony
Bruckner: Adagio, from the String Quintet/ arr. by Lucas Drew
Holst: Brook Green Suite
Kopelent, Marek: Das Schweißtuch der Veronika/ Veronika’s Veil
Mendelssohn: String Symphonies
Mozart: Divertimento K. 136
Mozart: Divertimento in B-flat K. 137
Mozart: Eine kleine Nachtmusik K. 525
Mozart: Adagio and Fugue K. 546
Tschaikowsky: Serenade for Strings
Wolf, Hugo: Italian Serenade

Most unfortunately Bob Fried (violist) suffered a debilitating injury in 2007 which rendered continuance of Arius impossible. Arius with Bob Fried as a musical leader represented the very top level of music making I’ve experienced. The group had a unique deep sound and grounded concept of music making made possible by extensive rehearsal and interaction amongst the musicians, without regard to a conductor’s dictates.

International Society of Bassists (ISB)
Craig Randal Johnson is a member of the ISB. He has been a piano accompanist at the 2003, 2005 and 2009 ISB conventions.
At the ISB conventions he has accompanied:
Jukka Linkola Concerto Premiere, Evan Premo, Bassist (2005)
Josep Quer Agusti (Spain) Solo Recital (2005)
Yann Dubost (Paris), winner of 2005 ISB Double Bass Competition.
Several ISB Double Bass Competition contestants (2003,5 and 9)
ISB Young Bassists Concert Concerto Winners: Erin Lobb, Danielle Jones (2003)
Young bassist concerto competition participants

© Craig Randal Johnson 2016