Tomáš Vybíral, Double Basses

National Opera Orchestra Prague (CZ)

Tomas Vybiral (1968) comes from a professional musical family in Prague. Initially a violin student, at the age of twelve he became interested in the double bass. He received formal double bass schooling with Professor Benda at the Prague Conservatory. After graduating from the conservatory in 1988, he joined the Prague Symphony Orchestra  FOK. In 1991 he accepted the offer of the artistic leader of the Suk Chamber Orchestra - Josef Suk himself - for the position of the solo double bass.  In 1993 he was engaged as the principal double bass player of the Prague Chamber Orchestra without Conductor, in which he is active to date. One of his recent top successes was a solo tour in prestigious German concert halls in Munich, Hamburg, Dortmund, Dusseldorf, etc. In fall 1998 he performed, together with famous bass-baritone Thomas Quasthoff, Mozart's demanding aria, "Per Questa Bella Mano" for Baritone and Double bass. Those concerts met with a great response not only from listeners but also from special magazines. This young Czech artist is in much demand as a double bass player, a sought-after collaborator in many different ensembles at home and abroad. In 1999 he returned to cooperation with Josef Suk. They performed and recorded Dvorak's Quintet in G major with double bass, Op. 77. In the framework of the International Music Festival Prague Spring 2000 at the Dvorak Hall of Pragueīs Rudolfinum he performed, together with Josef Suk, the world premiere of the Double Concerto for Violin and Double bass by the well-known contemporary Czech composer Zdenek Lukas, with the Suk Chamber Orchestra. The Double Concerto is dedicated to the two solo artists. Performances of chamber music works, such as the well known Piano Quintet in A Major "Trout" and String Quintet in C Major (for which he arranged the second cello for double bass) by F. Schubert, and Piano Quintet in C Minor by H. Goetz (performed with the pianist Susan Kagan-USA 2002, 2003), and Rossini's Duetto for Cello and Double Bass etc. took place in the programs of the concerts at home and abroad. Tomas Vybiral is an outstanding double bass player and a typical representative of the well-known Czech double bass school. Since 2004 acts as a professor at the Prague Conservatory and since 2015 is a member of National Theatre of Prague opera orchestra.