Jeremy McCoy

Double Bass


Double bassist, Jeremy McCoy, enjoys a busy career as both performer and educator. He is former Assistant Principal of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, retiring from that position having played more than 5,000 Met performances during his thirty-five seasons.

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. 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 Orchestra 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 Classical Tahoe 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, appearing at Bargemusic, Carnegie Hall and international festivals including Marlboro, Kneisel Hall, Affinis Festival (Japan), Banff, Festival Napa Valley, Grand Tetons and Bowdoin.

A founding member of Sequitur and Ensemble Sospeso and frequent collaborator with Speculum Musicae, Mr. McCoy has presented many premiere performances and recorded chamber works by eminent contemporary composers such as Elliott Carter, David Del Tredici and Thomas Ades.

As a commercial session player, Mr. McCoy has performed solo or as section leader on dozens of feature film soundtracks and recorded with a diverse group of popular artists including Bruce Springsteen, David Byrne, 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 the Manhattan School of Music, Bard College Conservatory of Music, the Cali School of Music at Montclair State University and the Bowdoin International Music Festival. 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