Ali Kian Yazdanfar
One of the most prominent double bassists of his generation, Ali Kian Yazdanfar maintains an active career not only as principal double bass of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, but also as a soloist, chamber musician, and pedagogue.
Although he started playing the bass at seven years old, he didn’t take the usual music school route to becoming a professional. In fact, his science and mathematics background led to a physics degree from the Johns Hopkins University, and, directly upon graduating, he won his first audition to become a member of the Houston Symphony. He went on to win his next three auditions, for the National Symphony in Washington, D.C., for principal bass with the San Francisco Symphony, and for principal bass with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, where he currently plays.
Ali has also been a finalist and prize winner at several competitions, most notably the International Society of Bassists 2005 solo competition, and he continues to give solo performances around the world.