Diana Gannett

Professor Emerita Diana Gannett has a studio of amazing bassists at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Many of them are GGBC alumni that have gone on to win competitions and positions in important festivals, orchestras and academic appointments.

Previous teaching appointments include the faculties of Yale University School of Music and the Hartt School of Music in Connecticut, the Oberlin College Conservatory in Ohio and the University of Iowa where as President for the International Society of Bassists, she hosted the 1999 ISB convention

As a native Iowan, she did her undergraduate training with Eldon Obrecht of the University of Iowa, where she earned her baccalaureate degree. She also studied with Stuart Sankey at Aspen Music Festival and with virtuoso Gary Karr at Yale. While at Yale, she earned both a masters and doctorate in musical arts, the first Yale doctorate awarded in double bass. She co-taught with Karr for many years.

As a chamber musician she has performed with the artists of the Guarneri, Emerson, Laurentian and Stanford Quartets and the Borodin Trio. Her solo appearances have included many contemporary premieres and solo improvisations as well as traditional repertoire. In recent years she’s performed in Scotland, Israel, Poland and Brazil as well at regional and local events. Lady Bass was her first CD followed by Duetti Dolce, Old Wine in New Bottles, Come Away and her current project Todi Ragini music written for and dedicated to her.