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Saturday, March 20, 2010

National Arts Centre Principal Bassist Joel Quarrington nominated for 2010 JUNO Award

Ottawa (Canada) – Joel Quarrington, Principal Double Bassist for the National Arts Centre Orchestra, was nominated today for a 2010 JUNO Award in the category of Classical Album of the Year: Solo or Chamber Ensemble, for his debut CD, Garden Scene.

Winners will be declared at the JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards on Saturday, April 17 to be held at the St. John’s Convention Centre, as well as at the 2010 JUNO Awards broadcast on CTV on Sunday, April 18, at Mile One Centre in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador.

“Joel’s colleagues at the National Arts Centre were thrilled and proud to hear about this wonderful honour for Joel,” said Christopher Deacon, the Managing Director of the NAC Orchestra. “On behalf of all the staff and Board of Trustees at the NAC, I congratulate him and wish him luck next month.”

Other nominees in the Classical Album of the Year category include Ottawa’s Caroline Léonardelli, Angèle Dubeau & La Pietà, I Musici de Montréal and James Ehnes.

Reviewing Joel Quarrington’s debut recital for the International Society of Bassists’ Oklahoma City convention in June of 2007, England’s Double Bassist magazine declared, “his performance was mesmerizing - his trademark bel canto playing style brought an otherworldly quality to Bottesini’s Elegy in D…impeccable articulation, a rich tonal palette, absolute control and crystalline clarity.” Reviews such as this have solidified his reputation as one of the world’s leading double bassists.

Born in Toronto, Joel Quarrington began playing the double bass at the age of 11 and was trained in Toronto, Rome, Vienna and Prague. He received the Eaton Award from the University of Toronto as the outstanding graduating performer, and top awards in the Canadian Broadcasting Music Competition, the Isle of Man and the Geneva International Competitions.

For over 30 years, Joel Quarrington has served as the Principal Double Bassist of many ensembles, including the Canadian Opera Company, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa. He is also an avid chamber musician and has performed with many internationally acclaimed string quartets, including the Orford, Vermeer, Cleveland, Colorado, St. Lawrence, Allegri, Artis, Leipzig and Tokyo Quartets.

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