Jeremy McCoy

Double Bass

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 in his native Ottawa, Canada. His early teachers were David Currie, Thorvald Fredin and Winston Budrow. With the assistance of awards from the Canada Council for the Arts, he continued his studies at the Curtis Institute of Music, where he graduated as a student of Roger Scott. At age twenty, Mr. McCoy began his professional career as a member of Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra. The following season he joined the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. He has also performed with the Chicago, San Francisco, Gothenburg (Sweden), and Toronto symphony orchestras and as Principal double bass with the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, Classical Tahoe and the Canadian Chamber Orchestra.

Mr. McCoy has presented recitals at Lincoln Center, for CBC Radio and the International Society of Bassists and appeared 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 Arditi, Borodin, Cleveland, Emerson, Guarneri, Juilliard and Tokyo string quartets and with many other distinguished artists. He has performed for Bargemusic and at international festivals including Marlboro, Kneisel Hall, Affinis Festival (Japan), Banff, Grand Tetons and Bowdoin.

Active in the field of contemporary music, Mr. McCoy was a founding member of Sequitur and Ensemble Sospeso and performed regularly with Speculum Musicae and the Columbia Sinfonietta. He has 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, Lou Reed, Sting and Natalie Merchant. His own solo recordings, Dialogues with Double Bass (Bridge Records) and Baroque Legacy (MSR Classics) have garnered both popular and critical praise.

Mr. McCoy serves on the faculties of Penn State University and the Manhattan School of Music. He previously taught at 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 performs on an exceptional instrument made in 1749 by the Venetian luthier Domenico Busan and on double basses by Alfred Meyer of Markneukirchen, Germany (1946) and Tetsu Suzuki, Cremona, Italy (2015). Mr. McCoy is a Pirastro strings artist.

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