Brisbane-based John Varney is a double bass graduate of St. Cecilia Conservatorium, Rome, Italy with a BSc in Applied Maths (Monash) and a PhD in Colombian music (Queensland Conservatorium). He has played in most of Australia’s major orchestras, Italy and Colombia, where he worked for six years. Currently active as a freelance double bassist, band-leader, composer, arranger and ethnomusicologist, he plays in various ensembles, being intensely involved in culturally diverse music for over 20 years. His teaching experience includes University of Southern Queensland, Queensland Conservatorium and various Brisbane private schools. He's currently working on a rhythm-concept project with TED-Ed.