2nd solo Double Bass

Ludwig Schwark

My Education: I started playing the double bass at the age of 13 after trying the violin and the violoncello. The bass was instantly much more fun – I loved the deep and strong vibrations right from the beginning and started to think about music as a profession. During my time in school I had bass lessons with Wolfgang Zell, Iris Ahrens and Prof. Stephan Petzold. Later I studied with Prof. Horst – Dieter Wenkel in Weimar and did my master with Prof. Janne Saksala in Berlin. During my study time I had also many invaluable experiences playing with the Rundfunksinfonieorchester Berlin, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Komische Oper and Staatsoper München.

My favourite composition: Well, luckily there are many ! But if it had to be one, I’d definitely choose the 2nd movement of the 7th symphony by Ludwig van Beethoven.

My greatest musical experience: In 2015 I played „Der Ring des Nibelungen“ ( Wagner ) in Munich Staatsopera with Kirill Petrenko. All rehearsals and shows were done in about five weeks and Petrenko established a highly intense and productive work atmosphere that led to truly remarkable performances and unforgettable memories. In 2016 one of my first experiences with The Royal Danish Orchestra was a symphony concert with Schubert and Beethoven conducted by Marek Janowski. There I learned the first time about the unique sound and the great musical passion of my colleagues. I became very proud to be a part of this ensemble.

My most memorable moment with the Kapel: When my desk-partner manages to change a whole set of strings within the last 15 minutes before a performance.

When I am not playing in the Kapel: I love running, therefore I do it at least once a day. From time to time I try to better my personal records in running 10 km, half marathon and marathon.
I also really like to travel and take photographs with one of my analog cameras.