Ian Hallas, Double Bass
Ian Hallas began his tenure as Principal Bass of the Lyric Opera Orchestra in 2019 after joining the section in 2016. He holds a Bachelors Degree with Distinction in Research and Creativity from Rice University where he studied with Paul Ellison as well as a Masters Degree from the University of Southern California under David Moore. He has also been heavily influenced by Chris Hanulik, Tim Pitts and Todd Seeber. Previous to winning a position with Lyric, Ian performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Atlanta Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, and the Grant Park Orchestra.
Ian is an award-winning fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center. He was also an invited guest chamber musician at Spoleto Festival USA where he performed with the St. Lawrence quartet and members of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Additionally, he has attended the Aspen Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, and Domaine Forget Summer Music Academy. He maintains a private studio on the north shore of Chicago, has taught at the National Music Festival, and was a teaching assistant at the Double Bass Workshop at BUTI in 2014.