Andreas Bennetzen (Andy Benz), double bass player & composer
Playing music and teaching music is like body and mind, up and down or yin and yang. They go together.
When we through the correct guidance become able to teach ourselves, then we can also teach others how to develop the same awareness with the right tools. The double bass is a technically difficult instrument, but with the right approach even this giant can be mastered!
I teach courses, clinics and workshops, different places in the world and I also teach private students in my home. Besides classical bass playing I teach live-looping, amplification and composition.
If you want to study with me or just meet me then a great occasion is every summer in Mittenwald, Germany.
In 2006, together with prof. Jeff Bradetich from USA and Michael Pöllmann from Germany, I founded Mittenwald International Double Bass Masterclass.
In the fantastic sorroundings of the German Alps in the Bavarian town Mittenwald, we wanted to create a true Bass Camp style masterclass. In an intense course lasting 6 days we offer a blend of classical double bass technique, solo-repertoire, orchestral playing, chamber music and improvisation.
For more information regarding Mittenwald International Masterclasses please click on the flyer.
I have taught many double bass workshops in Denmark. At the Rhythmic Academy of Music, The Royal Danish Academy of Music, Albertslund Musikskole, Syddansk Universitet, among others.
Abroad I have taught workshops at the University of North Texas, Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Berlin, Yehudi Menuhin School of Music London, Penn State University and Piacenza Academy of Music and as mentioned I teach every year in Mittenwald, Bayern
I started BasForum a project in collaboration with the Royal Danish Academy of Music. BasForum is aimed at encouraging more children and youth at taking up the double bass.
I was the chairman of the Danish Bass Society 2000-2006 where I organised Bassissimo 2000 and 2005 among several projects.
I am often invited to give workshops and talks about subjects like: Learning, improvisation, crossing classical music with modern music technology, live-looping & composition.
All photos by Mathias Vejerslev except when noted
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