Doug Rutherford, Double Bass

Though his first instrument was the cello, Douglas quickly came to his senses and upgraded to the double bass at the age of 10, perhaps influenced by his two elder brothers who also learned the bass in high school. Douglas studied at the University of Melbourne and the Australian National Academy of Music, during which time he served as Principal Bass of the Australian Youth Orchestra for five seasons. He was also an Emerging Artist with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and a Fellow with the Sydney Symphony.


In the wake of COVID-19, Douglas is gradually returning to play with a number of ensembles, including the Southern Cross Soloists, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Corpus Medicorum, the Cologne Chamber Philharmonia and Malaysian Philharmonic.