|September 20-21, 2007|
Masterclasses String Bass, Ford Hall and Hockett Family Recital Hall. Interviewed for archival recording.
The importance of François Rabbath to the development of double bass playing can be compared with that of Paganini to the violin. The great and popular 19th century composers did not consider the bass worth their attention and in turn the bass repertoire did not attract potential virtuoso performers with enough genius to change the situation. It demanded an artist with the unique qualities of François Rabbath to break this impasse.Whether performing his own fascinating compositions, the music of others or the classical repertoire, one is always moved by his profound musicianship and dazzling virtuosity. François Rabbath's uniqueness stems from his refusal to accept any traditional limitations.
"Francois Rabbath may well be the world's greatest double-bass player" John Pitcher, The Washington Post