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Malcolm Armstrong

Malcolm Armstrong PhotoMalcolm's double bass career began as he entered Grade 7. New to band instruments, he wanted to play the trombone; but due to a badly timed appendectomy, he took up the double bass instead.
 
He played in the Ottawa Junior Youth Orchestra as well as the Ottawa Youth Orchestra while attending Lisgar Collegiate Institute in Ottawa. He graduated as a "Lisgar Scholar" in 2009 and entered the performance department of the Faculty of Music at the University of Ottawa studying the double bass with Professor David Currie.
 
Malcolm has been in the University of Ottawa Orchestra since 2009, and this year is the orchestra's principal bassist.
 
This past summer, Malcolm was a member of the world-renowned National Youth Orchestra of Canada, and toured with the orchestra extensively throughout eastern Canada and the United States. He is currently in his 4th year of Double Bass Performance at the University of Ottawa, and is delighted to be playing the Bottesini Concerto in B minor with the Parkdale Orchestra. The string bass he is using this evening is a 19th century French made "Nanny" model.  For this solo, the strings are tuned up one tone.   (Nov 2012)