I enjoy playing music in a wide variety of styles. In addition to my work as an orchestral bassist, I frequently perform with a string trio (Virginia Virtuosi), play Eastern European folk music with groups like Gerdan, and perform baroque music. I own three double basses, including the following:
Celestino Picolotti Double Bass (1861): Turin, Italy
Thomas Andreas Wolf Baroque Double Bass (2012): The Plains, Virginia
Kay Double Bass (Alvin Hawes Model, Serial # 769): American
Devoted to challenging musical boundaries and engaging new audiences since 2005, Virginia Virtuosi performs innovative chamber music concerts throughout the mid-Atlantic. The trio won the 2008 Alumni Ventures award from Yale University for their work in expanding the audience and repertoire for live chamber music. Their innovative approach lead the Fairfax Connection to describe the ensemble as “turning classical music cool” and Èlan magazine to describe them as “something to be excited about.” Virginia Virtuosi frequently partners with the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Kennedy Center, Fairfax County Parks, Virginia Commission for the Arts, and the American Federation of Musicians to present concerts in Virginia and the Washington DC region. Virginia Virtuosi is deeply committed to education and outreach and maintains a very active performance schedule at schools and community centers.
Generation Klez was an acoustic klezmer band active from 1995 - 2003 in the New York/Connecticut region. The ensemble featured Craig Harwood (guitar) Julie Assuma (clarinet), Netta Hadari (violin) and Mark Bergman (double bass).
Musical Groups of which I am a member:
Billings Symphony Orchestra
North Carolina Baroque Orchestra
Assisi Performing Arts
Peter Britt Festival Orchestra
PUBLICATIONS: COMPACT DISCS
Concerto for Cello and Orchestra [Recorded by Zuill Bailey and the Roanoke
Symphony Orchestra]. On Zuill Bailey In Concert: Live 10/17/05. Sonoma, CA: Delos, 2005.
Easy Klezmer Tunes Book and CD recorded by Stacy Philips. Pacific, MO:
Mel Bay, 2003.
Symphony X, Big D [Recorded by Albany Symphony]. On Light Classics.Albany,
NY: Albany Records, 1999.