from Cooperstown, New
York, who was raised in Colorado,
where he studied with David Potter at Cherry
School in Greenwood
Village. He also participated in the Aspen
Music Festival, where he took lessons from Stuart Sankey. His other instructors were Paul
Ellison, Timothy Pitts, and Todd Seeber. He furthered his education at the
New England Conservatory and Tanglewood Music
Center. In 2002, he graduated from NEC with
a Bachelor of Music degree and won a position with the Boston Symphony
Orchestra in 2003. Other groups
with whom he has worked included the Borromeo
String Quartet, Collage New Music, and the Hawthorne String Quartet.
April 2004, he delivered the Falmouth Forum lecture in the Lillie
Auditorium at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. Its subject: “Covering All My Basses: How I Became a Professional Musician”.
He and other
members of the BSO performed the pre-concert recital at Ozawa Hall on 4th
August 2006. Their program
comprised “Adagio, K. 80” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, “Divertimento
in C” by Michael Haydn, and “Piano Quintet in A, Op. 81”
by Antonin Dvorak. The main event featured soloist
Yo-Yo Ma giving the world premiere of “Azul”
by Osvaldo Golijov and
playing “Cello Concerto in C” by Franz Joseph Haydn. These were sandwiched between “Idyll”
by Leos Janacek and “Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36” (“Enigma”)
by Sir Edward Elgar.
March 2007, he and fellow BSO musicians offered up traditional Irish and
Latin songs at Bethany Congregational Church in Quincy, Massachusetts.
He was part of
the prelude concert once again on 25th July 2008 that shone the
spotlight on chamber works by John Corigiliano,
Franz Joseph Haydn, and Gioachino Rossini. This was followed by a wall-to-wall Johannes
Brahms concert that featured David Zinman
conducting “Piano Concerto No. 1”, with Yefim
Bronfman at the keys.
October 2008, he and cellist Mickey Katz, harpsichordist John Gibbons and
violinist Masuko Ushioda
appeared at NEC’s Jordan Hall where they interpreted “Brandenburg
Concerto No. 5” by Johann Sebastian Bach. The evening was rounded out by Olivier
Messiaen’s “Le Merle noir” and “Quartet
for the End of Time”.
He gave a
master class at the International Society of Bassists convention, which was
hosted by Pennsylvania
on 10th June 2009.
October 2009, he returned to Jordan Hall for a performance of J.S. Bach’s
This was the centerpiece of a concert that also included Giovanni Gabrieli’s “Canzon
primi toni”, “Canzon septimi toni No. 2” and “Sonata pian’
e forte”, and Mozart’s “Quintet in G minor, K. 516”.
viewers may have heard him performing on the soundtrack of An American Experience. He also appears on the Thomas Oboe
Lee recordings, Music for Strings
and Pluto… Lord of the
In the field
of music education, he has taught at the Boston Conservatory and Boston
University College of Fine Arts.
He is also a
barbecue aficionado who just might tempt your taste buds with his recipes
for slow-smoked pork shoulder and baby-back ribs.
more? Check out his chapter in Double-Bassist Introduction,
available from LLC Books.