Born in Geraldton in western Australia in 1987, bassist Rayle Bligh discovered classical music relatively late. He played trombone and electric bass in jazz ensembles, before he switched to acoustic jazz bass at the age of 20 and gradually became more and more compelled to study his instrument’s classical roots.
In 2008 he began his studies at the Queensland Conservatory at Griffith University in Brisbane on classical bass. Parallel to his Bachelor’s Degree, which he completed with Michael Morgan, he earned a Graduate Certificate from the University of Tasmania.
Before coming to Germany in 2013, he took private lessons with both principal bassists at the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, John Fardon and Dushan Walkowicz. He’s been studying at the HfMDK with Christoph Schmidt since 2014, and also takes private lessons with Axel Ruge and Kai von Goetze. His first steps in orchestra were made in Australia in the Australian Youth Orchestra and as a substitute in the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.
He was Praktikant at NDR Hannover in the 2014-15 season, and has been an Academist at the PHO from 2015 to 2017.