English double bass player Felix Lashmar joined the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in August 2018.
Born in Germany in 1993, Felix Lashmar started to play the cello at the age of seven, picking up the bass three years later. After his first concert with the National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain, he was sure he wanted to pursue a career in music.
In 2011, Lashmar moved to London to commence a joint study on cello and double bass at the Royal Academy of Music with a scholarship. His teachers included Josephine Knight, Duncan Mctier, Graham Mitchell, and Dominic Seldis. Whilst on exchange at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music for half a year, he studied with Alex Henery.
Playing as Principal Bass with the European Union Youth Orchestra led to the beginning of his professional career, where he began working with the English National Opera, the Philharmonia, the London Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.
Moving to Amsterdam in 2015, Lashmar commenced his master’s degree at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam with Olivier Thierry and Rick Stotijn. He fully explored the solo repertoire for double bass, was selected to take part in the 65th annual ARD competition for double bass in Munich and continued to work with orchestras, such as the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. During the 2016/17 season, Lashmar was a member of the RCO Academy.
In the 2017/18 season, before joining the RCO, Lashmar was a member of the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra.