“I was drawn to the bass because it’s the foundation.” — David J. Grossman
This month’s cover musician, bassist David J. Grossman, found himself drawn to the bass not just for practical reasons (he’s tall!), but he also liked the fact that he was part of the rhythmic and harmonic foundation of the orchestra.
In fact, David’s connection to the foundation of the Philharmonic’s bass section can be traced back to 1880. He studied with current Philharmonic bassist Orin O’Brien, who studied with former Philharmonic Principal Bass Frederick Zimmermann, who studied with former Philharmonic Principal Bass Herman Reinshagen, who studied with former Philharmonic Principal Bass Ludwig Manoly. David continues to share the legacy of these great bassists in his teaching at the Manhattan School of Music.
Watch David’s Q&A video, above, to learn more about his artistic influences and his affinity for jazz.
David will take over our Instagram later this month, so follow along! And queue those Qs — he’ll be live on Twitter responding to your questions later this month. And finally, subscribe to our Spotify channel, where David will curate a playlist of his favorite music.
Stay tuned: June will feature Music Director Alan Gilbert in his final concerts in New York as Music Director.
Learn more about bassist David J. Grossman.