Boston-born bassist Adrian Rigopulos was drawn to the double bass from a young age, out of a love for its deep sound color, but also for its integral role in a wide variety of musical genres. In the beginning, Adrian was primarily interested in Bluegrass and Punk, but a passion for classical music followed quickly thereafter. Today, Adrian is happy to call the Helsinki Philharmonic his orchestral home, while continuing to tour regularly with Swiss jazz pianist and composer, Nik Bärtsch, as part of his ensemble Mobile Extended.
Adrian participated in the orchestra academy of the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich for the 2014/15 season, and has played as a guest with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Gstaad Festival Orchestra, and the Filarmonica della Scala in Milan. In June 2015, Adrian completed his MMus Orchestra at the Hochschule Luzern in the class of Božo Paradžik. He also studied at the Hochschule der Künste Bern in the studio of David Sinclair, and completed a Performance Diploma at The Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, where he studied with Toronto Symphony Principal Bass, Jeffrey Beecher.
When he’s not playing bass, Adrian enjoys sailing, cooking, reading, and dancing as a member of the Canadian folk-dance group, the Toronto Morris Men.