Fiona Lugg has a professional career spanning 30 years as a freelance jazz bassist. She has also played electric/double bass in a wide range of rhythm and blues, funk, latin and country/folk settings. She has accompanied many of Sydney’s top jazz musicians, Bob Barnard, Sandy Evans, the late Roger Frampton, vocalist Lily Dior and Canadian cabaret artist Patricia O'Callaghan. She has performed on ABC radio show Late Night Live playing klezmer and Channel Nine’s The Midday Show as band member of The Castanet Club. For five years Fiona toured the world, playing in showbands backing international artists and playing and arranging music for the strict tempo ballroom orchestras.
Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts in 1987, Associate Diploma in Jazz Studies in 1992 and a Masters Degree in Jazz Bass in 2005, both from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, the Jerry Novak Conducting Summer School in 2006. Her foundational double bass instructors were John Gray, former principal with the London Symphony, Kees Boersma, current principal with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Craig Scott, current head of the Jazz Department of the Sydney Conservatorium, and Lloyd Swanton.
Fiona has been an instrumental tutor for over 16 years for years 3 through to tertiary level. This has involved tuition and resources development, preparing students and ensembles for AMEB examinations and concerts.
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