Adjunct | Double Bass
Luis Gomez-Imbert joined the faculty of Florida International University in the fall of 1994 as professor of double bass and director of the FIU New Music Ensemble. Raised in the rich Venezuelan musical tradition, Luis has been surrounded by countless influences on his development as a performer and teacher. His love for the double bass began when Mr. Gomez-Imbert decided to study with artists such as Jeff Bradetich, Gary Karr, Bertram Turetzky, Frantisek Posta, David Walter, and Edgar Meyer.
Mr. Gomez-Imbert was featured alongside Gary Karr on ABC Good Morning America broadcast in the summer of 1988. Soon after, he began to showcase his instrument and new repertoire in venues across Europe and the Americas. He has recorded for the Lyric and OO labels. One of these recordings was awarded the 1992 New Recording of the Year by the Contemporary Record Society, by a panel which included George Crumb, Milton Babbitt, and Yo-Yo Ma.
Mr. Gomez-Imbert has also studied orchestral literature with Warren Benfield and Joseph Guastafeste of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Edwin Barker of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and Harold Robinson of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Additionally, he and Lucas Drew, principal bass of the former Florida Philharmonic, premiered a concerto for two double basses in Venezuela and later at the 1994 Double Bass World Convention held at Indiana University.
A Summa Cum Laude graduate of Northwestern University in 1988, Luis Gomez-Imbert performs regularly as a member of several professional musical organizations in the South Florida area and is also active in chamber music. Currently, he is the principal bass of the Atlantic Classical Orchestra. In the Fall of 2013, he was appointed principal bass of the Miami Symphony by Maestro Eduardo Marturet. Mr. Gomez-Imbert and Jeff Bradetich premiered a double bass concerto written by Orlando Garcia in the Spring of 2014 with the Miami Symphony.