Eric Shetzen, double bassist

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Eric Shetzen is a first-year double bass Fellow at the New World Symphony. He has served as principal bass of the Juilliard Orchestra, Eastern Music Festival Orchestra, and Lorin Maazel's Castleton Festival. He has performed in major New York City concert venues such as Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall as well as around the globe in China, Italy, Austria, Canada, and Japan. Shetzen also enjoys performing as a member of the double bass section of the Arizona MusicFest Orchestra in his hometown of Scottsdale, AZ. As an active and dedicated chamber musician, Shetzen has collaborated with members of the Juilliard String Quartet, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, violinist Jennifer Koh, and conductors Lorin Maazel and James Conlon. He also was the first double bassist to be invited to the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival in Blue Hill, Maine by its Artistic Director, pianist Seymour Lipkin. In addition to his orchestral and chamber music pursuits, Shetzen enjoys performing contemporary music whenever possible. He has appeared with the AXIOM Ensemble in various NYC venues, including a performance of John Adams' Shaker Loops at Le Poisson Rouge with the composer in attendance. Shetzen most recently served as Co-Principal Double Bass of the Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra in Osaka, Japan where he was featured on Japanese television as the solo bassist in Stravinsky's Pulcinella. Shetzen completed his studies at the Juilliard School, having obtained both Bachelor and Master of Music degrees as a student of New York Philharmonic bassists Orin O'Brien and David Grossman. While at Juilliard he was the recipient of the Irving Berlin Scholarship, the Stephen Ian Handleman Scholarship, the Willens Memorial Scholarship, and the Irene Diamond Graduate Fellowship.

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