Volkan Orhon

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Volkan Orhon

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from $50.00 / 45 Minutes


Volkan Orhon is a professor of double bass at the University of Iowa. Native of Turkey, he was a prizewinner in the Concert Artists Guild, the co­-first prize at the International Society of Bassists Competitions, and was the first bassist ever to win the grand prize at the American String Teacher’s Association Solo Competition. He has performed solo with orchestras as well as festivals throughout the world and was one of the premier soloists for the International Consortium of John Harbison’s Concerto for Bass Viol and Orchestra. Orhon has performed with internationally recognized musicians including Gary Karr, Fazil Say, and JACK, Emerson & Tokyo String Quartets.

Orhon has recorded CDs under the Albany, Centaur, and Crystal Records labels. Most recently he recently recorded the double bass concerto Bailey’s Beads with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London, a work written for him by composer David Gompper..

As a teacher, my mission is to provide the best musical education possible that allows every student to achieve his or her musical goals. In a university setting, students come with different levels of talent and expectations of the role music will play in their life. My aim is to identify the most appropriate teaching style to fit the needs of each student. 

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