Ernst Glerum (1955) studied classical double-bass at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam. During his studies he joined contemporary music ensembles (ASKO Ensemble) as well as improvised music groups (Curtis Clark, Hans Dulfer, JC Tans, Theo Loevendie). With the Amsterdam String Trio and Instant Composers Pool he played many international stages. Together with Han Bennink he performed with artists such as Steve Lacy, Lee Konitz, Uri Caine, Teddy Edwards, Benny Maupin, Jimmy Knepper, Jamaladeen Tacuma, John Zorn, Bud Shank, Art Hodes, Don Byron and many others.
As a composer/arranger he initiated projects like New Klookabilities (NOS Radio Jazz Festival), Universal Metropolitan Music, Omnibus, Continuo Continued (string-project with a.o. Mark Feldman) and recently Jazz Sampler (Ebony String Quartet & Michiel Borstlap). In 1997 his cd `Elbow Room`was released. In 2004 he founded his own recording label ‘Favorite’.
Besides the Instant Composers Pool, with Misha Mengelberg, and Amsterdam String Trio he performs in the Guus Janssen Trio, Michiel Scheen Quartet, Trio Continuo, Trio Bennink/Borstlap/Glerum and Available Jelly. He doubles on piano in Glerum Omnibus with Clemens van der Feen and Owen Hart.
Ernst Glerum is double-bass teacher at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam.