Double bassist Will Duerden is a highly sought-after artist, in demand as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral leader with a growing international career spanning four continents. Will rose to prominence after reaching the Strings Category Final of 2018 BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition. 

Will Duerden with double bass in front of wall

In 2023 Will was a winner at the Young Classical Artists Trust international auditions. He has been nominated as one of Classic FM’s 2024 Rising Stars, and has been announced as a Borletti-Buitoni Fellowship Artist 2024.

Will has had several significant new works specially written for him, with premieres in Milan and London. He recently performed Bottessini’s Gran Duo with the LGT Young Soloists alongside violinist Haeun Kim at the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg. He has collaborated with artists such as Alexander Sitkovetsky, Lawrence Power and Maxim Rysanov. 

Highlights of the 2023/24 season include his debut at St. George’s Bristol, plus performances at the North Norfolk Music and Buxton International Festivals.  

Competition successes include winning the Yorke Double Bass Prize in this year’s Royal Overseas League Strings Competition Final, and reaching the upcoming semifinal in the International Society of Bassists Competition.

Soon after he started playing aged 7, Will was awarded a full scholarship to the Yehudi Menuhin School. An ABRSM Scholar at the Royal College of Music in London, he is also supported by the Drake Calleja Trust.

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Press reviews

"Professionalism was also the hallmark of Will Duerden’s performance of the Tubin Double Bass concerto...Will (a former member of HSO, a BBC Young Musician finalist, and already a world-class instrumentalist) transfixed us with his virtuosity and musicality..."

John Sherlock / Horsham Symphony Orchestra / March 2019


To book Will please contact

Etta Dainty – Senior Artist Manager [email protected]

Adam Maxey - Assistant Artist Manager [email protected]

0207 379 8477

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