Dr. Karim Yengsep

Bass Teacher, Administrator

Karim Yengsep

SAA Member


Oak Park, IL
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Karim Yengsep came to the United States in 2000, and studied double bass at Western Oregon University (BA in Music ‘05) with Portland bassist, Dan Schulte, as a recepient of International Cultural Service Program Scholarship. In 2007, he was awarded full tuition-waiver to attend University of Illinois School of Music, where he continued studying double bass in the studio of Professor Michael Cameron.

After successfully completing Master of Music in Double Bass Performance and String Literature degree in 2009, he continued his education at UIUC this time in the studio of Chicago bassist and composer, Larry Gray. Karim was awarded Doctor of Musical Arts degree in May 2012. 

While in graduate school, Karim executive produced, co-arranged the music, and performed on an album of eclectic mix of contemporary Latin Jazz, Brazilian popular music, and Argentine tango nuevo, Bossa Nuevo, which was released by Teal Creek Music (TC-2021) in October 2010.

Prior to returning to the United States in 2015, he held teaching and administrative positions at higher education institutions of his native Kazakhstan including, but not limited to, Almaty Tchaikovsky College of Music, Kurmangazy Kazakh National Conservatory, and served as Docent of Music at Kazakh National University of Arts from 2013—2015.

Currently, in addition to serving as the Administrative Director and Bass Faculty at the Western Springs School of Talent Education and the Naperville Suzuki School, Karim is active as a bandleader and bassist and can be heard in a variety of settings in and around Chicago and Central Illinois.