Misha Mullov Abbado – Double Bass
Winner of the 2014 Kenny Wheeler Jazz Prize, Misha Mullov-Abbado is an in-demand bass player, composer and arranger based in London. As a recent graduate from the prestigious Masters jazz course at the Royal Academy of Music, Misha has been performing both as a bandleader and as a sideman at many of London’s top venues such as the Vortex, 606 Club, Pizza Express, Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room (as part of the BBC Proms Late series), Wigmore Hall, Spice of Life and Forge, as well as venues in the rest of the UK and Europe. Misha studied at the Academy with Jasper Høiby, Tom Herbert, Michael Janisch and Jeremy Brown, on scholarships from the Countess of Munster and the Arts & Humanities Research Council. He previously studied music at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge where he directed the University Jazz Orchestra, having performed in venues across Europe such as the jazz clubs in Rome, Budapest and Prague, as well as the Montreux Jazz Festival. Misha is also a 2014 City of Music Foundation Artist and will be releasing his debut album with his quintet on the Edition label in late 2015.
Misha is an experienced composer, having won the 2014 Dankworth Prize for jazz composition. He writes for a variety of jazz groups including the quintet, as well as various classical soloists and ensembles, and is influenced by a variety of jazz, classical and pop music. Having studied with Robin Holloway and Jeremy Thurlow at Cambridge, and Pete Churchill at the Academy, Misha has had works performed by groups such as London-based orchestra Sinfonia D’Amici, in venues such as King’s Place, the Royal Ballet School and recently the Royal Albert Hall. He also had his Clarinet Concerto premiered in Cambridge by Joseph Shiner. Misha is also an experienced horn player, having performed Schumann’s Konzertstück, Britten’s Serenade and Bach’s Mass in B minor on the natural horn.