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Joseph Straker

Double Bass

Professional Orchestral Experience

  • London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • English National Opera (Recording Sessions)
  • Musicians of All Saints
  • Surrey Opera
  • House Band, Ark Music, Bass Guitar
  • Thursford Orchestra, Electric and Upright Bass
  • Guildhall Session Orchestra, Principal/Solo Bass
  • Scherzo Ensemble, Principal/Solo Bass
  • Lunch Break Opera, Principal/Solo Bass
  • Orquestra do Norte, Porto, Portugal, Principal/Solo Bass
  • Chineke! Orchestra, Tutti and Co-Principal Bass (Proms debut: August 2017)
  • Ensemble XXI, Bass no.2, Funchal, Portugal, Sept 2015 – Jan 2019
  • Orquestra Clássica da Madeira, Tutti Bass, Funchal, Portugal, Sept 2015 – Jan 2019
  • London Symphony Orchestra, (Extra Player)

  • Göteborg Music Academy, Symphonic Orchestral Training, 2017
  • London Philharmonic Orchestra, Reserve, Student Scheme, 2015-2016
  • Guildhall School Jazz Projects, 2014/2015
  • Guildhall School Orchestral Artistry, 2014/2015

Education Projects
  • Ark Schools Music, Musician 2023
  • Assistant for Trinity Sannyi Music Academy Summer 2018
  • LSO Discovery, 2015
  • Assistant Tutor, GSMD Jazz Summer School - 2012, 2014
  • London Schools Symphony Orchestra – Double Bass Coach, 2011
  • Apprentice Bass Teacher at Centre for Young Musicians, 2010- 2013

Awards and Scholarships

  • ISB Scholarship Recipient 2020/21 Virtual Convention 
  • Honorary Member of Guildhall School Jazz Department since 2015
  • Guildhall School Trust Scholarship – Orchestral Artistry (Masters) 2015
  • Leverhulme Trust Scholarship – Orchestral Artistry (Masters) 2014 
  • Sir John Barbirolli Memorial Foundation (Royal Philharmonic Society) – Young Artist Award, 2011
  • Dolce Haigh Marshall Trust – Award 2011

Master-Classes, Private Lessons, and Competitions

  • Dave Swift, Colin Paris, Karsten Heins, Daxun Zhang, Thomas Martin, Olivier Thiery, Esko Laine, Joel Quarrington, Alois Posch, John Clayton, Ernst Weissensteiner, Christoph Wimmer
  • Sperger International Double Bass Competition, 2018
  • Atlantic Coast Festival Soloist Competition, (Semi-Finalist) 2016


  • Guildhall School of Music and Drama, BMus Hons (Classical Double Bass) 2010– 2014, 2.1
  • Guildhall School of Music and Drama, MMus (Performance), Orchestral Artistry Course (Double Bass) 2014-2015 (Merit)

Teachers – Kevin Rundell, Thomas Martin, Charles DeRamus (Göteborg)

Referees: Kevin Rundell, Chi-chi Nwanoku

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Double Bass, Bass Guitar, Conductor