Born in Carnarvon, WA, and educated in country Victoria, Kirsty McCahon is now Australia’s leading expert in historically informed performance practice of the double bass, and its cousin the violone. Familiar to many local audiences as the charismatic Principal Bass with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra for 20 years, Kirsty has also brought to life numerous Australian premieres of classical solo works for modern double bass, and worked tirelessly to lift the profile of this often-underrated instrument.
Studies at the Victorian School of Arts, and in Paris, London and Amsterdam led to appearances with some of the world’s leading historical-instrument ensembles, including the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Les Talens Lyrique, L’Arpeggiata, and John Eliot Gardiner’s Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique. Closer to home she is Principal Bass with Pinchgut Opera, Orchestra of the Antipodes, Australian Romantic and Classical Orchestra, and of the exciting new ensembles, Australian Bach Akademie and Tasmania’s Van Diemen’s Band.
Kirsty relishes the diversity of her collaborations with musicians across all styles, and has also performed with the Brodsky Quartet, Musica Viva, ELISION, and with various colleagues at the Adelaide Festival and Australian Festival of Chamber Music.