Virtuoso Profile

Stuart Riley
Double Bass

Stuart is Principal Double Bass of Orchestra Victoria and is an active Chamber Musician and Educator


About Me

Stuart Riley is a dual national English and Australian double bass player. Born in Manchester in 1962 he studied in with Mike Calder, Diana Milner, John Tattersdill and Duncan McTier. His resume includes working as principal bass with Welsh National Opera, associate principal with Opera North and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and tutti with orchestras including the Halle, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Scottish Ensemble and the Northern Chamber Orchestra.

After moving to Australia in 1996 Stuart worked with the Sydney, Melbourne and Tasmanian Symphony orchestras and ACO, before being appointed as section leader principal double bass of Orchestra Victoria in 2017.

Stuart has performed most of the chamber repertoire for double bass. He has appeared with the Sterling string quartet, the Australia Ensemble, Firebird Trio, Woodend Festival, Elanee Ensemble, Harmoniemusik and his own chamber group Kammermusik.

His list of recorded music stretches over a 20 year period, including films sessions, radio broadcasts and CD recordings.

As a teacher and educator Stuart has worked with the Melbourne and Monash Universities and gives private lessons to students aged from 10-90. He was competition adjudicator and recital performer in the inaugural Melbourne Conservatorium of Music double bass day in Nov 2017. Over a number of years he took part in the Symphony Services Australia conductor training workshops run by Christopher Seaman.

Stuart plays two world class instruments – a John Lott Snr (c1820) and an un-named Italian (c1760)

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