conductor, double bassist and educator who started out on trombone in
elementary school but gravitated to his instrument of choice at eleven or
twelve years of age.
public school in Hingham,
Massachusetts, where he
studied under Myron Thomas. His
other teachers included William Curtis and Leslie Martin. He auditioned and won a spot in the
Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra. His conductor, Artin
Arslanian, believed in him so much, he arranged a
meeting with his dad to encourage him to allow Lawrence to pursue music for a
living. He even went so far as
to get Lawrence enrolled in Boston University—without having to
Lawrence furthered his education at the New
England Conservatory of Music, where he took formal lessons with Gary
Karr. Before graduating from
NEC, he auditioned for the Boston Symphony Orchestra and aced it, becoming
the youngest musician in the BSO at the time.
In 1981, he
assumed the posts of assistant principal bass with the BSO and principal
bass with the Boston Pops. His
association with both orchestras led to recordings and solo recitals in
venues such as Carnegie Recital
Hall, Kilbourne Hall, and Symphony Hall.
August 1988, he performed in Schoenberg Hall Auditorium at the University of California
in Los Angeles. The recital was part of the
International Society of Bassists’ meeting and included music of
Johann Sebastian Bach, Jacob Druckman, Serge Koussevitsky, and Franz Schubert.
which he appears include:
America, Holiday Pops, It Don’t Mean a Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing, The Latin Album, My
Favorite Things, Runnin’ Wild, and A Splash of Pops
by the Boston Pops; Chris
del Soul/Michael Gandolfi: Line Drawings/Lukas Foss: Central Park Reel; 40th Anniversary by John
Oliver and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus; Lawrence Wolfe, Double Bass with
pianist Jonathan Feldman; and, Virtuoso
Trumpet by Charles Schlueter
On 30th July 2007, he and Carmen
Rodriguez-Peralta performed Koussevitsky’s
“Two Pieces for Double Bass and Piano” in concert.
Other groups with whom he has worked include the
Boston Radio Orchestra, the Concord Chamber Players, the New England
Baroque Soloists, and the North Shore Philharmonic Orchestra.
April 2008, the New England Baroque Soloists took the stage in Chapin Hall
at Williams College. Their program comprised: “Brandenburg Concerto No.
2”, “Brandenburg Concerto No. 5” and “Contrapunctus No. 1” from Art of the Fugue by J.S. Bach; “Cello Sonata in A
major” by Luigi Boccherini; “Concerto for Two Trumpets”
by Petronio Franceschini;
“Concerto for Two Horns” by George Frideric
Handel; and, the overture from Tafelmusik III
by Georg Philipp Telemann.
In the field
of music education, Lawrence has taught at
the Boston Conservatory of Music, the Boston University College of Fine
Arts, the New England Conservatory of Music, and the Tanglewood Music Center.
He and three
of his fellow bass instructors at NEC celebrated Gunther
Schuller’s 85th birthday by
performing his “Quartet for Double Basses” at Jordan Hall in
the autumn of 2010.
January 2011, the Concord Chamber Players interpreted “Septet in E
flat major, Op. 20” by Ludwig van Beethoven, “Serenade in C
major for String Trio, Op. 10” by Erno Dohnanyi and “Till Eulenspiegel’s
Merry Pranks” by Richard Strauss at the Concord Academy
In addition to
a busy performing, recording and teaching schedule, Lawrence is also a composer. On 17th September 2011,
the Houlihan-McLean Center Performance Music
Choral & Instrumental Ensembles performed his “Rejoice in the
Lord Always”, with text from Philippians 4:4-8. The piece was commissioned for the
inauguration of the Reverend Kevin Quinn.
Lawrence actually prefers writing music for
specific occasions, and oftentimes they are commissioned. A few of his other compositions
include “Blues and Rondo”, “Freefall”,
“Prophecy and Joy” with text by Walt Whitman, “Rhapsody
for Trombone and Concert Band”, “Scenes from an Opera”,
“Suite Dreams”, “Trumpet Concerto”, “Tryptich”, “Variations on #5”, and