Having an international reputation as a teacher of all age groups, including the largest bass class at the Royal College of Music (London) for over ten years now, Caroline Emery’s contribution to the double bass world is unique.
After graduating from music college and subsequently gaining a teaching qualification, she became the leading exponent of the Yorke Mini-Bass Project from its inception in 1984. Since then she has taught in state schools, independent schools and privately. The European String Teachers Association and the International Society of Bassists have provided a platform for her work to be demonstrated internationally and this, coupled with the enormous success of her first Yorke Edition publication “Bass is Best” in 1988 led to her taking pupils as far afield as America and Norway.
She has coached the National Youth Orchestras of both Norway and Nordic Lands. The Bass Club which she founded facilitates an exchange of ideas both within Britain and between other countries. She was appointed to the Junior Department at the RCM in 1985 and was appointed to the professorial staff of the RCM in 1995. In 1991, she became the first ever double bass teacher at the Yehudi Menuhin School. Caroline received a special achievement award for teaching from the International Society of Bassists in 1997 and was awarded Honorary Membership of the Royal College of Music in 2000.
Caroline’s recent professional playing engagements have included two orchestras in Sweden, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. She is also a founder member of Vent, a period instrument chamber music ensemble.
Caroline’s students are now working with all the major orchestras in England including LSO, BBC Concert and Philharmonia as well as orchestras in Sweden, Germany and the Concertgebouw in Holland. Many of her students have won trials in the Liverpool Philharmonic, BBC Symphony and Concert Orchestras, Royal Philharmonic, BBC Welsh, ENO, BBC Scottish and the Philharmonia. Full Positions are held in the LSO, BBC Concert, Malmo Symphony and Norlands Operan Sweden.
After winning a National Lottery bid for commissioning new music, Caroline’s passion for new repertoire has been increased and she has enabled some 40 new works for double bass to be written including four concertos. Jan Alm’s second quartet for basses went on to win the International Society of Bassist’s Composition Competition in 2001.
Caroline has given classes in the last four years in Italy, Sweden, Canada, Spain and most recently she worked with Francois Rabbath and George Vance in Washington DC in August 2007.
In May, Caroline was responsible for leading a bass weekend at the RCM, where François Rabbath performed Frank Proto’s Variants with the JD Symphony Orchestra and the coming of age of the Mini Bass Course at the RCM was celebrated. A festival of chamber music and masterclasses given by François Rabbath, Paul Ellison, Jan Alm, Gareth Wood and Caroline Emery was a great success and was the largest bass gathering that London has seen for decades.