He is an internationally acclaimed contrabassist and
teacher born in Houston, Texas, who took his musical studies at Northwestern
University and Johns Hopkins University’s Peabody Conservatory. He also went on to be a winner of
the Isle of Man Solo Competition in 1982.
He has performed as a soloist and member with many
orchestras within the United States, which include ten seasons with the
National Symphony Orchestra as Principal Bassist from 1985 to 1995,
Associate Principal Bassist with the Houston Symphony Orchestra from 1977
to 1985, and from 1975 to 1977 he held the Principal’s chair at the Albuquerque
Symphony (later renamed to the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra). Most recently he has been the
Principal Contrabass for the Philadelphia Orchestra since 1995.
Some of the many other orchestras he has performed
with include the American Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of
Philadelphia, the Curtis on Tour Ensemble, Greenville South Carolina
Orchestra, the Houston Pops, New York Philharmonic and the Rhode Island
His recordings include Bottesini: Music or Double
Bass & Piano, Vol. 2.
In the field of musical education he has been on the
faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music and given many masterclasses nationally
and internationally. He has
also been Peabody Institute’s Artist-in-Residence in their Double Bass
faculty and served at the Wabass Institute for the 21st Century Bass
Player summer camp.