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A Life Steeped in Sound

The Romanian double bassist Petru Iuga is one of the most successful classical musicians of his generation. During his musical training in his homeland, the 20-year-old student came to the attention of Yehudi Menuhin and Alberto Lysy , who enlisted him for the International Menuhin Music Academy in Gstaad (Switzerland). After continuing his studies at the Hochschule der Künste in Bern and the Conservatoire  National  Supérieur  de  Musique  de  Paris,  he  became  a  member  of  the  Ensem-ble  Orchestral  de  Paris (Orchestre de Chambre de Paris)  and  first  double  bass  with  the  Munich  Chamber  Orchestra.  Petru  Iuga has  won  numerous  prizes  at  renowned  double  bass  competitions,  including  first  prize  at  the 1999 International Instrumental Competition in Markneukirchen and in 2001 another first at the International Double Bass Festival in Cap Breton (France).Since then, he has been pursuing a  worldwide  concert  career  and  makes  guest  appearances  as  a  soloist  with  leading  European  orchestras, including the London Symphony Orchestra. Petru Iuga is professor for double bass at the Staatliche Musikhochschule und Darstellende Kunst in Mannheim and also teaches part-time at the Haut Ecole de Musique de Lausanne, Switzerland.He regularly stages master classes all over the world in which he discovers and encourages numerous talented young double bass players. In recent years alone he has given master classes a.o.  in  Russia,  Italy,  Portugal,  Israel,  Japan,  Uruguay,  China  and  Canada,  where  he  has  held  a  guest  professorship  at  the  renowned  Orford  Master  Classes  since  2017 until 2019.  He  has  made  several  CDs  as  a  chamber  musician  and  he  regularly  gives  concerts  with  famous  fellow  musicians.  In  2009 he recorded a CD with the Carmina Quartet. His invention, Ergo Bass, a knee support for double bassists that facilitates an ergonomic and healthier playing position, is used world wide by many musicians.

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