Heather Miller Lardin


Historical double bass specialist Heather Miller Lardin performs with many East Coast period instrument ensembles including Tempesta di Mare and Brandywine Baroque. A committed educator, she directs the Temple University Early Music Ensemble, serves as faculty of the Amherst Early Music Festival, and welcomes modern and historical bassists ages 3 and up in her private teaching studio - assisted by two fluffy Maine Coons.

Curious about all things early bass, and mildly obsessed with the 18th-century practice of adapting double bass parts at sight, Heather knows her musical interests are off the beaten path. She designs workshops and courses that delve into these topics, engaging like-minded bassists worldwide in live and online formats. Heather’s recent course, “Baroque Double Bass,” is available on discoverdoublebass.com.

Heather’s home is in her native Philadelphia suburbs, where she started playing bass in 6th grade orchestra. She makes a killer cheesesteak. When not teaching, tuning, or chauffeuring teenagers, Heather enjoys a cozy mystery with a good cup of coffee. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, Heather holds a DMA in Historical Performance Practice from Cornell University.

Heather performs with H+H on a Viennese violone after Stadlmann, ca. 1748 (Oskar Kappelmeyer, 2013); a violone after Busch, ca. 1630 (John Pringle, 1993); and a Baroque double bass after Maggini, ca.1620 (Thomas Andres Wolf, 2019).