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Double Bass Faculty

Gonzalo Kochi Kikuchi
Gonzalo Kochi Kikuchi

Junior Session

BM, Ball State University

MM, Lynn Conservatory
DMA, University of Texas at Austin, in progress

Joined LMC Faculty in 2023

Share with us some of your professional accomplishments.

As an educator, I am currently serving as the Double Bass Teaching Assistant at the University of Texas at Austin, Butler School of Music. I also hold double bass faculty positions at the Tian Song of Musical Arts and the String Project at the University of Texas at Austin.

 

As a solo musician, I was recently invited to be a guest artist for the third international piano festival "Franz Liszt Edition" held in Peru. Additionally, throughout my career, I have had several awards and recognitions such as placing second place in the Raymi Bass Competition and winning the Hillary Hahn award.

 

As an orchestra musician, I have collaborated with ensembles internationally such as the Southwest Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra of Peru, the Spanish River Symphony Orchestra, the Romanza Symphony Orchestra, and the Miami Gay Chorus Orchestra. 

 

What excites you about Luzerne Music Center?

What excites me the most about Luzerne Music Center is the beautiful place in which the camp will take place. I believe that Lake Luzerne is the perfect place to enjoy the beauty of nature and connect with my own artist. I am also excited to work with the next generation of musicians and help them be the best artist they can be.

 

What can campers expect to learn working with you this summer?

Campers can expect to work with someone that will care not only for their music development but also for their growth and well-being as a person. I am always full of energy and have a big passion to help other musicians to be the best artist they can be. My students will learn how to play music with love, passion, and joy. I will teach my students how to play with good technique and how to address the technical issues that they may have.  

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Zachary Hobin

Senior Session

BM, Oberlin Conservatory

MM, Stony Brook University
DMA, Stony Brook University

Joined LMC Faculty in 2022

Share with us some of your professional accomplishments.

I completed my Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in 2017 under the tutelage of Kurt Muroki and Rachel Calin, two stellar bassists who inspired me to pursue my love of chamber music. Prior to graduating, I co-founded the Annapolis (MD) Chamber Music Festival, which is in its seventh year of presenting innovative performances of old and new chamber music. I maintain an active schedule as a freelance orchestral bassist with groups like the North Carolina Symphony, Charleston Symphony, Allentown Symphony, and the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle (Durham, NC). But perhaps my greatest pride is in the accomplishments of my students at Duke University, where I serve as double bass and chamber music faculty for both the School of Music and the pre-college String School. The excellent solo and chamber music performances they give, and the positions they have attained in all-state auditions and in college music studios speak to their abilities and character.

What excites you about Luzerne Music Center?

In my opinion, the two things that help young musicians grow the most are playing ensemble music and being in an inspiring environment with talented and dedicated peers. The daily schedule at Luzerne is set up to immerse students in such an environment. I'm very excited to see how my students will progress over the course of the month!

What can campers expect to learn while working with you this summer?

While at LMC, you will be challenged with great chamber and orchestral repertoire. We will work together to ensure you have the technical and musical knowledge needed to succeed in your performances this summer. I also look forward to helping you with your personal goals - whether you're preparing for a fall audition, learning a new solo piece or looking to develop your technique, we can work together to make it happen. Finally, I like to make sure we have time to learn from each other as a studio, which means studio classes - and playing bass ensemble music!

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