René Gosselin is Artistic director and double bass player of Quartango, as well as the principal double bass player of Montreal’s Orchestre Métropolitain. As a founding member of Quartango, he has toured extensively in North America, Europe and Asia. He has performed at Carnegie Hall with the New York Pops Orchestra, and also with many Canadian symphony orchestras. René has performed in many Canadian radio and television broadcasts. His work and his enthusiasm were featured in Passions orchestrées by film-maker Bruneau Carrière, Ensemble by film-maker Jean-Nicolas Orhon and in Macadam Tango, a film by Productions ECP. His instrument is one of a kind. It was created in 1997 in collaboration with Canadian luthier Mario Lamarre. This new design for a double bass with an expanded register makes it unique in the family of stringed instruments and pushes the boundaries of the repertoire. René is thus able to play sonatas by Bach, Beethoven and Mendelssohn in their original keys as well as contemporary repertoire composed specifically for his instrument. René works with up-and-coming young musicians as a teacher at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal. He has a master’s degree in performance from Université de Montréal and also won first prize in chamber music from the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal.