Diana Gannett


Gannett taught at Oberlin College Conservatory early in her career with other teaching appointments include the faculties of Yale University School of Music and the Hartt School of Music in Connecticut 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 Mexico, 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 Artemis in the Oak Grove, a compilation of music written for her.

New instrument construction has always been a keen interest – to the point of even building a bass.  Currently she is performing on her beloved “Venus” bass made by Mario Lamarre in 2006.