Lawrence Hurst

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Double Bass

A member of the Sarasota Music Festival faculty since 2006

After serving two years with the Seventh Army Symphony in Europe, Hurst's professional career began as principal bassist with the Dallas Symphony under Sir Georg Solti.  In 1964 he joined the faculty at the University of Michigan, and for many years had a very active performing and teaching career throughout the Midwest.  In 1967 he joined the summer faculty of the famed National Music Camp (now the Interlochen Arts Camp) and has taught there every summer since.  He joined the faculty of the Jacobs School of Music of Indiana University in 1986, and was department chair for 25 years.  His students can be found in orchestras and musical venues all over the world, and in the U. S., such orchestras as Philadelphia, Chicago, San Francisco, Indianapolis, Atlanta, The Met Opera, St. Louis, to name a few.  In 2005 he was awarded ASTA's Artist/Teacher of the year award, and in 2006, the International Society of Bassists (ISB), of which he was past president, gave him the Distinguished Teaching Award.  Upon retirement in 2012, former students of both schools contributed to a scholarship and medal in his name.  In 2013, the ISB awarded him its highest honor, the Distinguished Achievement Award.