Jeremy McCoy is Assistant Principal double bass with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. He also maintains an active role as soloist, chamber musician, studio session player and teacher.
Mr. McCoy began studying double bass with David Currie in his native Ottawa, Canada. Summers spent at Interlochen and with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada included additional instruction with Oscar Zimmerman, Winston Budrow and Torvald Fredin. With assistance from the Canada Council for the Arts, he continued his studies with Roger Scott at the Curtis Institute of Music, earning a Bachelor of Music degree. At age twenty, Mr. McCoy won a position with Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra. The following season he joined the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.
He has performed as recitalist at Lincoln Center and on CBC Radio and as concerto soloist with the Atlantic Chamber Orchestra, the Lake Tahoe Summerfest Orchestra, the Louisiana Philharmonic, the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra and Musica Viva of New York. As a chamber musician Mr. McCoy has collaborated with members of the Borodin, Cleveland, Emerson, Guarneri, Juilliard and Tokyo string quartets and with many other distinguished artists. He has performed at Bargemusic and at international festivals including Marlboro, Kneisel Hall, Japan’s Affinis Festival, Lake Tahoe Summerfest, Banff, Grand Tetons and Bowdoin.
While active with the New York new music groups Sequitur, Ensemble Sospeso and Speculum Musicae, Mr. McCoy presented dozens of premiere performances and recorded chamber works by modern masters such as Thomas Ades and Eliot Carter.
As a commercial session player, Mr. McCoy has performed on an extensive list of feature film soundtracks and recorded with a diverse group of popular artists including Bruce Springsteen, Sting and Natalie Merchant. His solo recordings, Dialogues with Double Bass (Bridge Records) and Baroque Legacy (MSR Classics) have garnered both popular and critical praise.
Mr. McCoy currently teaches at the Manhattan School of Music and formerly served on the faculties of The Bowdoin International Music Festival, The Aaron Copland School of Music (CUNY) and Columbia University’s Music Performance Program. He has presented master classes at leading schools of music across the United States, Canada, Sweden and Japan and has contributed articles to “Strings Magazine”. He plays an exceptional instrument made in 1749 by the Venetian luthier Domenico Busan and uses strings provided by Pirastro.