Indiana who grew up in Keilya, Africa,
with his parents, who were missionaries there.
Juilliard and was the soloist with their orchestra when they toured Europe
and appeared at the World’s Fair in Brussels, Belgium.
with whom he has performed include the Beaux-Arts String Quartet, the Iowa
String Quartet, the New York City Opera Orchestra, and the New York Pops.
January 1967, the Beaux-Arts String Quartet performed Johannes Brahms’
“Quartet in C minor, Op. 51, No. 1”,
Franz Joseph Haydn’s “Quartet in D minor, Op. 9, No. 4”
and Leon Kirchner’s “Quartet No. 3” in the Town Hall at New York University.
They took the
stage at MIT’s Kresge Auditorium on 5th
March 1967, when they interpreted Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Quartet
in E flat, Op. 127”, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Quartet
in G major, K. 387” and Anton Webern’s “Five Movements
for String Quartet”.
1970, they gave a recital in the Performing Arts Hall at Kennedy Center
that comprised Bela Bartok’s “Quartet
No. 2, Op. 17”, Beethoven’s “Scherzo in F major, Op. 18”,
Brahms’ “Quartet in C minor, Op. 51, No. 1” and Mozart’s
“Quartet in B flat major, K. 458”.
Bruce was in
the orchestra pit for the New York City Opera’s revival of The Sound of Music between 8th
March and 22nd April, 1990.
April 1993, he was one of eight cellists who performed “Bachianas Brazilieras No. 5”
by Heitor Villa-Lobos with soprano Ida Faiella at the Empire Center
for the Performing Arts.
He was back
with the New York City Opera from 17th through 28th August
1993, for a revival of The Student
Prince. From 12th
September through 19th October 1993, he performed music for the NYCO’s mounting of The Mikado. He did
same in their production of Cinderella
from 9th through 21st November 1993.
which he appears include: Aftertones by
Janis Ian; A Copland Celebration Vol.
Homage to Iran/3 Quartets, Focus
by Stan Getz and Van Appledorn:
Terrestrial Music, Etc./Weber, Keats with
the Beaux-Arts String Quartet; Eastern
Ferris Wheel by Addiss & Crofut; Music in
the Air by Clara Rockmore; and Stewart/Keats: String Quartets with the Iowa
He can also be
heard on the Broadway revival cast recording of Carousel, the soundtracks of Do the Right Thing, Jungle
Fever, Mickey One, Mo’ Better Blues and School Daze, and Philip Glass’s
Satyagraha, with the NYCO.
In the field
of music education, he has served as a professor at the State University of
New York in Potsdam.