Kenneth (Ken) Harris started his musical journey at the age of nine where he had lessons on the clarinet. He continued to play clarinet all throughout high school, switching to double bass at the age of 17 where he was lucky enough to learn from Justin Bullock. Ken then went on to play bass in Melbourne, freelancing as a jazz, folk and classical musician. This time in Ken’s life saw him tour nationally and internationally, playing in some of the best festivals and concert halls.
He then studied at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, learning from Robert Nairn and Ben Hanlon. While studying he received the Corinna D’Hage Mayer String Scholarship. After two years Ken transferred to the Queensland Conservatorium of Music where he studied under Dušan Walkowicz and Marian Heckenberg. Ken will be commencing his first year at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) in 2021 where he will train under Damien Eckersley. Ken is currently a casual bass player with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and freelances around Australia.
Some highlights of Ken’s career include playing Principal Bass for Melbourne Opera’s production of Tristan und Isolde, performing Britten’s chamber opera Curlew River, as well as Shostakovich’s Symphony no. 5 at the Esplanade Concert Hall in Singapore. Ken also has a passion for new Australian music and has premiered a number of new works for double bass.
If you don’t see Ken at the Abbotsford Convent or the concert hall, you may see him riding one of the many bike tracks around Melbourne, or searching far and wide for Melbourne’s best craft beer.
Musician Beneficiary Support generously provided by ANAMsyndicate - Mick and Margaret Toller, Ian Hogarth and Peter Larsen, Arnis Dzedins, Barry Sheehan and Pamela Waller, Elizabeth and Ron Rosanove
Photo by Pia Johnson