Originally from Cleveland, OH, Cody Takács is a classically trained double bassist currently based in Den Haag (NL) with a strong passion for new music. He has a ravenous appetite for innovative ideas, surreal sounds, and engaging experiences, those not commonly encountered in conventional concert halls. His performances can range from silly and satirical to sensual and serious and anything in between or beyond! Alliteration aside, he can be found performing solo, chamber, orchestra, historically informed, Avant Garde, traditional, and even occasional pop repertoire.
His main instructors have included Bryan Hieronymous, Diana Gannett, Gary Karr (two summers while attending Karr Kamp), and Quirijn van Regteren Altena. During his studies, he took part in the Texas Music Festival, Marrowstone Music Festival, impuls Academy for Contemporary Music, International Ensemble Modern Academy - Klangspuren Schwaz, Lucerne Festival Academy, and the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival. In 2011, Cody won First Prize and Best Performer in the American Protégé International Music Talent Competition, and in 2016, he was the recipient of Robert Black Bass Scholarship.
He has performed alongside an eclectic spectrum of ensembles including the Nieuwe Philharmonie Utrecht, Sinfonia Rotterdam, Holland Orkest Combinatie / Holland Symfonie Orkest, Het Promenade Orkest, Prisma Strijktrio, Ensemble ‘t Kabinet, Symphonie Atlantique, Leids Cantate Consort, MAM. Manufaktur für acktuelle Musik, Ensemble Klang, the New European Ensemble, The Barnes Ensemble, Het Metropole Orkest, stargaze, But What About, The odd7, the Orchestra of the Lucerne Festival Academy, the Orchestra of the Lucerne Festival Academy Alumni, the Ensemble(s) of the Lucerne Festival Academy Alumni (“Once Around the World” and “HEROÏCA” ensembles), Klangforum Wien, and the Hodiernal Quartet, The Hague's new string quartet dedicated to performing works by living composers where he is also a founding member and Artistic Director. He has also recorded with Oerknal and the Scordatura Ensemble. Through his dedication to new music, he has appeared in the Gaudeamus Muziekweek, Acht Brücken, Dag in de Branding Festival voor Nieuwe Muziek, International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, La Biennale di Venezia, Rewire Festival, and the Lucerne Festival. Throughout his career, he has performed under the direction of many notable conductors including Beat Furrer, Alan Gilbert, Heinz Holliger, Brad Lubman, Susanna Mallki, Matthias Pintscher, David Robertson, Clark Rundell, Ilan Volkov, and Bas Weigers.
As a soloist, Cody has previously performed at DeLink - Nieuwe Muziek Tilburg, Rotterdam Contemporary Art Fair, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, the Dutch Double Bass Festival, and several universities and conservatories across the United States and Europe. As a result of his dedication to collaborating with living composers, he has premiered works for solo bass from composers such as Ben Daniels, Oliver Hickman, Molly Joyce, Leo Svirsky, Benjamin D. Taylor, and P. Kellach Waddle.
As an educator, Cody has lectured on contemporary music and pedagogy at the BASSEUROPE and International Society of Bassists (ISB) conventions, served as a judge for the ISB / David Walter Composition Competition, served as a bass ensemble coach for the Michigan Bass Bash and ISB Noontime Ensembles, and has recently authored and published The Double Bass-Voice: A How-To Guide. Currently, he maintains a studio of young double bass students at Strijkdomein and regularly works closely with the Composition Department and their students of the Royal Conservatory of The Hague.
Cody performs with a double bass made in a combined effort by Andy Stetson, Chris Roberts, and Bill Lakeberg of the Cincinnati Bass Cellar and bows by Coen Engelhard and Steven Reiley. He also engages in occasional composing, arranging, and improvising.