Niek de Groot, who is from the Netherlands, is one of today's leading double bass players in the field of art music. He finished his 10-year term as principal bass with Amsterdam's Concertgebouw Orchestra in 2006, thereafter dedicating himself to chamber music and solo recitals. Since 1996, de Groot has been a professor at the Folkwang University of Arts in Essen, Germany. He honed his skills at the Banff Center for the Arts in Canada and studied with two cellists, Frans Helmerson and Lluis Claret. De Groot has made solo discs for EMI and Nimbus, and during the 2016-2017 season he will also be recording for the BIS and Audite labels. Having played an Amati double bass dating back to 1680 for five years, in December 2015 he obtained a lifelong right to play a prestigious Domenico Montagnana instrument from 1747.