Maxime Bibeau

Principal Double Bass

Inspired by the sounds of jazz, Maxime began playing the double bass in his native Canada at the age of 17, where he completed his undergraduate degree at the Conservatoire de Musique du Québec à Montréal with René Gosselin. He went on to obtain a Master’s of Music at Rice University in Houston with Timothy Pitts and Paul Ellison where he was awarded a full university scholarship, as well as grants from the Canada Arts Council and the Canadian Research Assistance Fund. Maxime has been Principal Double Bass of the ACO since 1998.

He has performed in several orchestras including the SHIRA International Symphony Orchestra Israel, Jeunesses Musicales World Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Montreal Symphony Orchestra and WDR Symphony Orchestra in Cologne. He has participated in festivals such as the Spoleto Festival in Italy, Australian Festival of Chamber Music in Townsville, Sydney Festival and Huntington Festival in Mudgee.

He regularly appears in the Sensational Sunday series at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and has featured as a soloist with the ACO in performances of Piazzola’s Kicho and Contrabajissimo, James Ledger's Folk Song, Matthew Hindson's Crime and Punishment and Mozart’s Per questa bella mano with Teddy Tahu Rhodes.

As an educator he has been involved with the AYO National Music Camp, Sydney Youth Orchestra, University of NSW and Australian National Academy of Music. He is currently a lecturer at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

When he isn’t collecting frequent flyer points, Maxime, like many of the ACO players, enjoys his downtime in the ocean as an avid diver and swimmer.

Maxime plays a late-16th century Gasparo da Salò double bass kindly made available to him by Anonymous Australian benefactors.

Chair sponsored by Darin Cooper Foundation