© Marian Lenhard

Georg Kekeisen †

Principal double bass

From the start, what fascinated me about the double bass is the possibility of playing a central part in both Miles Davis and Beethoven. It really influenced my choice of instrument. Ever since my student days I have been interested in performance practice in Baroque and Viennese Classical music. The same question is forever cropping up: “How did Mozart's music sound to his ears at the time?...”

Georg Kekeisen, born in Munich, has been principal solo double bass of the Bamberg Symphony since 1998. From 1990 to 1995 he studied at the Munich University of Music and Salzburg Mozarteum under Antonius Schröder and Prof. Klaus Stoll. He played at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Music by the Red Sea and Classical Winter in Jerusalem Festivals, and was a member of the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie. From 1995 to 1998 he played double bass in the Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra, and worked with the Berliner Philharmoniker and Vienna State Opera Orchestra. From 1994 he played in the Camerata Salzburg under Sándor Végh and Leonidas Kavakos. From 2001 he led a double bass class as a visiting professor at the Salzburg Mozarteum for two years, and gave advanced classes in Germany, Austria and Italy. He was a founding member of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra under Claudio Abbado. He works with orchestras such as the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Dresden Staatskapelle, NDR Symphony and SWR Stuttgart Symphony Orchestras.