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Timothy Cobb named New York Philharmonic principal bass

The double bassist has served as principal of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra since 1989

Thursday, 15 May 2014

The New York Philharmonic has appointed Timothy Cobb as its new principal bass. The musician has served as principal double bass of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra since 1989, and is principal bass of Valery Gergiev’s World Orchestra for Peace, through which he has been designated a UNESCO Artist for Peace. He also served as acting principal bass of the New York Philharmonic during orchestra’s the 2011-12 season.

A faculty member of the Sarasota Music Festival, Cobb is currently helping to launch a new bass program for the Killington Music Festival in Vermont. He also serves as bass department chair for the Juilliard School as well as on the faculties of the Manhattan School of Music, Purchase College, and Rutgers University.

While studying at the Curtis Institute of Music, Cobb was a substitute with the Philadelphia Orchestra and in his senior year became a member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Georg Solti. He appears on all Metropolitan Opera recordings released after 1986, as well as on a recording of Giovanni Bottesini’s duo bass music with bassist Thomas Martin on the Naxos label.

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