Born in Toronto, Ontario, Travis Harrison is a graduate of Montréal’s McGill University. His post-graduate work was with the National Arts Centre’s Institute for Orchestral Studies while he concurrently completed a performance Master’s degree at the University of Ottawa in 2012 under the guidance of Joel Quarrington. Travis is happily active in his first professional position, having joined the bass section of the WSO in September 2013.
Travis’ most formative musical experiences include a European tour to the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam) and Royal Albert Hall (London) with the Aldeburgh World Orchestra for the London 2012 festival, as well as several performances with the Toronto Symphony, Montréal Symphony and the National Arts Centre Orchestras. He has participated in the summer festival programs of Banff, Crested Butte, Mt. Orford, Domaine Forget, and Ochsenhausen (Germany), and has performed in masterclasses for Joel Quarrington (London Symphony Orchestra) and Matthew MacDonald (Berlin Philharmonic).
Travis is the proud owner of a very fine old English bass, Kennedy School circa 1850, and bows by Canadian maker Bernard Walke.