MAX McBRIDE, double bass

Max McBride began his professional career early, when he became the youngest full time member of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in 1969. In 1973 he gained the position of Co-Principal Bass.

After two study leaves in Austria where he studied double bass with the world-renowned Ludwig Streicher and conducting with Otmar Suitner he returned to Australia in 1979 to take up the position of Principal Double Bass with the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

In 1992 Max took up a full-time teaching position at the Canberra School of Music, but has kept up a busy performing schedule. He is the regular bass player of the Brandenburg Orchestra and has been invited as guest principal to play with the Tasmanian and Sydney Symphony Orchestras.

Max’s students presently hold positions at Penn State University, in the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestras, Queensland Orchestra, Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, Ensemble Modern as well as other teaching institutions.