Benedict Ziervogel, double bass
Born in Vienna, Benedict Ziervogel took his first double bass lessons at age 16 at the conservatory in Kärnten, Austria. After highschool, he fully enrolled there, studying double bass, composition and conducting.
He then pursued studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz (studying double bass with Johannes Auersperg and Violone/Viola da gamba with Lorenz Duftschmid) as well as at the Zurich University of the Arts with Prof. Duncan McTier (double bass). After graduating with distiction, he held positions at the Vienna Volksoper, the Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich, and was principal double bass player in the Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa/Japan and the Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn.
He was professor at the Mahler Academy in Bolzano/Bozen and the International Summer Academy Feldkirchen, and taught masterclasses in Europe, Asia and South America, focussing mainly on the “Viennese Bass” and the repertoire of the First Viennese School. Since 2012, he has been teaching double bass at the Prayner Conservatory for Music and Dramatic Arts in Vienna.
Benedict Ziervogel is a sought-after chamber musician in and outside of Germany, mainly concentrating on the historically informed performance of the First Viennese School. He also specialises in contemporary music and has composed and premiered several commissioned works.