STRAUSS GROWS ON BASS PLAYER
MUSIC THE music of Johann Strauss Jr. is as ingrained in the culture to the people of Vienna as Cold Chisel or Australian Crawl is ingrained to Australians.
This is what Australian double bass player Andrew Sinclair came to realise while living in the Austrian capital for 10 years.
“Up until then the waltzes and polkas and music of Johann Strauss Jr. was the music I’d play at weddings and I didn’t really take it so seriously,” Sinclair, of Duncraig, said.
“Living there helped my music in that it gave me an appreciation for where all of these compositions were premiered and also the psyche of the people that the music was being written for.”
Growing up in Brisbane, Sinclair was given the option at school to play double bass because he was “tall, had big hands and my parents had a big car”.
He moved to Vienna with his wife in 1996 to further his studies, planning to stay for a year and only knowing how to count to 10 in German.
Ten years later, Sinclair had become fluent in the language