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About Volkan ORHON

Volkan Orhon is professor of double bass at the University of Iowa. As a soloist, Orhon was a finalist and prizewinner in the Concert Artists Guild Solo Competition, placed first at the International Society of Bassists Solo Competition, and was the first bass player ever to win the grand prize at the American String Teacher’s Association Solo Competition. He has performed solo with orchestras including the Adana, Bursa (Turkey), El Paso and Hartford Symphony Orchestras, and was one of the premiere soloists for the International consortium of Pulitzer Winner composer John Harbison’s Concerto for Bass Viol and Orchestra. In addition, Orhon was recently a featured soloist at the Polish World Bass Festival, performing the Bottesini Concerto No. 2 with the Academy Orchestra under the direction of Francesco Petracchi. Mr. Orhon has performed with internationally recognized musicians including Gary Karr, Fazil Say, Emerson & Tokyo String Quartets. He has performed at festivals throughout the world, including the Montreux, Saint Denis‐Paris, Antibes, Montpellier, Istanbul, and Izmir jazz festivals. An orchestra musician as well, he has performed with the Detroit, Hartford, and Cedar Rapids Opera orchestras, and the Ankara Presidential Symphony in Turkey. A highly sought‐after pedagogue, Mr. Orhon has presented master classes and recitals for the Ouro Branco Festival (Brazil), World Bass Festival (Paris), Suzuki of the Americas Biennial Conference, International Society of Bassists, Bursa State Conservatory (Turkey), Arizona State University, University of Michigan.


We are a double bass quartet formed about 10 years ago.

The members of the quartet are David Murray, Paul Sharpe, Anthony Stoops and me Volkan Orhon.

We all teach at universities in different parts of the country. We laugh more than we play most of the time in our rehearsals. As David always says, “if I could do this for living, I would in a second”

Most of our concerts develop randomly and are put together in a day or two of rehearsals.

This site will help us share some of our concert recordings and videos with everyone and hopefully be a good channel to let you…our adoring fans know about our upcoming appearances.