Martin Penning

2003 QEST Scholar - Double Bass Making

Martin Penning graduated from the Newark School of Violin making in 1999 and went on to make violins, violas and cellos. In 2003 a QEST Scholarship enabled him to travel to Melbourne and work with Australian double bass maker Ben Puglisi. He was immensely inspired by the trip and on returning to the UK continued making double basses as a specialist. He has now made over 40 basses for players and orchestras including the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra, Denmark, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and recently Mark Helias, a New York jazz bassist and professor at the School for Improvisational Music.