Taddes Korris

Applied Bass
Robinson 323

Taddes Korris is a dynamic orchestral, chamber and solo performer of the double bass. Born to a Lithuanian family in Canada, his unique cultural roots have inspired him to seek out and perform lesser-known Eastern European works along with the standard repertoire. As a founder of New York City’s Metamorphosis Chamber Ensemble, Taddes’ musical objectives aim to rekindle society’s interest in classical music in the modern world through creative and innovative means.

Based in Charlotte, NC, Taddes performed as a member of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra.  He has previously performed with the North Carolina Symphony, Charleston Symphony and the South Carolina Philharmonic. Taddes has also performed  with his hometown orchestra, the Edmonton Symphony in Canada.

As a busy chamber musician, Taddes’ most recent collaborations include a dance and music collaboration at University of North Carolina, featuring the works of local composers.  He also performed with the Bechtler New Music Ensemble’s project to feature a number of commissions based on the sculptures of Jean Tinguely at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art.

Previous projects with Metamorphosis Ensemble included several concerts focusing on the music of Vienna and Germany during the early 20th Century. The ensemble’s first performance in December 2012 featured Franz Schreker's Chamber Symphony and Richard Strauss’ Metamorphosen.  In June of 2014, the Metamorphosis Ensemble completed a recording of Rob Kapilow's musical adaptations of Dr. Seuss' Gertrude McFuzz and Chris Van Allsburgs' Polar Express.  The CD was released November of 2014 and has been a top seller on Amazon.com and at numerous vendors.  In addition to his engagements in New York, Taddes had the honor of performing Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat at the Russian Embassy in Washington D.C. at a joint Swiss-Russian cultural event sponsored by the Swiss Global Artists Foundation. 

Taddes has been a member of the National Repertory Orchestra in Colorado, and attended the Brevard Music Festival in North Carolina twice. Taddes also spent two summers in Germany where he attended the Moritzburg Festival Academy in Dresden and the Carl Flesch Academy in Baden-Baden, studying under Janne Saksala, principal bass of the Berlin Philharmonic.  While in Europe, he also attended the Tibor Varga masterclass program in Sion, Switzerland to study with the world renowned bassist Duncan McTier.  This year, he was a member of the distinguished Arizona Musicfest Orchestra in Scottsdale, AZ. 

As a student and youth orchestra member in his hometown of Edmonton, AB, Taddes discovered a passion for leadership and initiative in the music world. In cooperation with the Lithuanian Society of Edmonton, he recruited 66 young Canadian musicians to record the works of Lithuanian composer Mikalojus Ciurlionis. As a result of this project, Taddes was awarded Canada’s “Top 20 Under 20” Award and was granted a mentorship with Order of Canada recipient George Zukerman through the Governor General's office. He has continued his passion for Lithuanian music by presenting numerous recitals featuring his transcriptions of Lithuanian works.  He also writes regularly for Draugas News, the largest English –language newspaper pertaining to Lithuania. His column explores the countless composers of Lithuania that are hardly known in the western hemisphere.

Taddes completed his Masters degree at the Manhattan School of Music in the Orchestral Performance Program where he studied with Tim Cobb, Principal Bass of the New York Philharmonic. He received his Bachelors from the Manhattan School as well, studying with Jeremy McCoy of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and David Grossman of the New York Philharmonic. Taddes was the 2012 recipient of the Homer Mensch Award for excellence in double bass performance. Since starting his studies at age 17 with Jan Urke, Principal Bass of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, he has played in master classes for a number of renowned classical bassists including Hal Robinson, Enrico Fagone, Scott Pingel, Owen Lee, Jeff Turner, Alex Hanna, Chris Hanulik, Max Dimoff, Ira Gold and Rinat Ibragimov. 

As a teacher, Taddes has worked with bassists and musicians of all ages since 2010. He maintains a private studio in Charlotte and joined the faculty of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte as an adjunct professor of bass in 2018.  He was coach for the Charlotte Symphony's many education outreach programs, including working as the string instructor at the Winterfield Elementary School Program from 2014 to 2016.

Taddes’ studies have been made possible by the generosity of the Audrey Love Charitable Foundation, Theodore Chu, Lithuanian Foundation, Gaile Hileman, Eubie Blake Trust, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Winspear Scholarship and Anne Burrows Scholarship. Taddes performs on a unique Viennese bass with a dragon's head scroll, dating from around 1790. His bows are by Vincenzo de Luccia and B. Michael Dolling.