eric Shetzen, bass

Double bassist ERIC SHETZEN earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at The Juilliard School as a student of New York Philharmonic bassists Orin O’Brien and David Grossman. He has served as Principal Bass of the Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra in Osaka, Japan, the Castleton Festival, and the Juilliard Orchestra. He also was a Double Bass Fellow in the New World Symphony, America’s Orchestral Academy directed by Michael Tilson Thomas.

An avid chamber musician, Eric has collaborated with members of the Juilliard String Quartet, the Lyris String Quartet, violinist Jennifer Koh, and conductors Lorin Maazel and James Conlon. He was the first bassist to be invited to the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival in Blue Hill (ME) by artistic director Seymour Lipkin and performed with Maxim Vengerov in Tuscany, Italy at the Incontri in Terra di Siena Music Festival. Eric now performs as a freelance bassist in Los Angeles both on-stage in various ensembles such as Jacaranda: Music at the Edge, Contemporary Performance Collective, and Hear/Now Music Festival as well as off-stage in a variety of studio recording soundtracks for film and television.