Gudrun Raschen, double bass
Gudrun Raschen has extensive solo, orchestral and chamber music experience on both double bass and cello. She has given concerts in the United States, Brazil, Mexico, Bolivia, Poland, Finland, Italy, Germany, Vietnam, South Africa and Namibia. She has taught and performed at the Pan American Music Festival in South Texas (2008), the International Chamber Music Festival in South Africa (2005/2012), the International Bass Convention in Poland (2011), Oficina de Música in Curitiba, Brazil (2011), the International Chamber Music Festival in Positano, Italy (2011/2013/2015), the Arts Festival Autumn Melodies in Vietnam (2015) and at the Performing Arts Festival in Hawaii (2016). In addition, Gudrun helped establish the Mittenwald International Double Bass Masterclasses in Germany (2006).
Gudrun has performed in early music concerts with the Denton Bach Society, the Orchestra of New Spain, Texas Camerata, Fantasmi and Fleurs de Lys. She has toured with these ensembles to Brazil, Bolivia, Mexico and Vietnam.
As a freelance musician she has performed with several orchestras in South Africa and the U.S including: Cape Town Philharmonic, Natal Philharmonic, Fort Worth Symphony, Dallas and Texas Chamber Orchestras, Richardson Symphony, Wichita Falls Symphony and East Texas Symphony.
Gudrun studied cello with Leslie Meeks, Magdalena Roux and Anmarie van der Westheusen and earned her Bachelor and Masters degrees from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, graduating with distinction. In the United States she continued her postgraduate work in cello performance with Eugene Osadchy and double bass with Jeff Bradetich at the University of North Texas. She received her Doctorate in double bass performance at the University of North Texas in 2009.
Gudrun has taught as adjunct faculty at Tarleton State and Texas Women’s University. She is currently Lecturer of Music at UNT and is the founder and teacher of the Bass and Cello Conservatory of Dallas, where she holds group lessons for beginners through advanced players focusing on collaborative learning, performance and chamber music. Her former students have won the Junior and Senior Divisions of the American String Teachers National Solo Competition and are regularly accepted into the top summer music programs in the US and abroad.