Eric Shetzen, double bassist

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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, Lorin Maazel's 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 Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, 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 violinist 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 and the Westside Chamber Players and off-stage in a variety of studio recording soundtracks. He also enjoys performing as a member of the double bass section of the Arizona MusicFest Orchestra in his hometown of Scottsdale, AZ. 

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2014-11-17 South Florida Classical Review, Miami Beach
"The underpinning of Eric Shetzen's bass provided well-calibrated support at the lower instrumental depths."
(Lawrence Budmen)
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