Double Bass


Nina DeCesare joined the bass section of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in September 2020 after five years with the Oregon Symphony. She has also performed with the Detroit Symphony, the Seattle Symphony, the Houston Symphony, the Kansas City Symphony, the Sun Valley Music Festival, the Knights Orchestra, and the Oregon Bach Festival. Equally comfortable as a orchestral musician, soloist, and chamber musician, Nina regularly performs with Chamber Music by Candlelight, Third Angle New Music, 45th Parallel, and Classical Up Close.

Nina is passionate about teaching and mentorship and recently joined the faculty at Peabody Conservatory. She has also presented masterclasses at Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Michigan State University, the Pittsburgh Bass Symposium, James Madison University, and University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. In the summer, she has appeared as faculty and featured recitalist at SF Bass Bash, KC Bass Workshop, the Twin Cities Bass Camp, and the Rabbath Institute Los Angeles.

Nina began playing the bass while studying with renowned pedagogue George Vance, later working closely with Ira Gold and Hal Robinson. In 2011, Nina made her solo debut with the Chesapeake Orchestra in Southern Maryland, performing the Vanhal Concerto. In 2014, Nina completed her Bachelor of Music degree at Rice University, studying with Paul Ellison. During her time at Rice, she spent her summers at the Tanglewood Music Center, Sarasota Music Festival, Moritzburg Festival Academy, Wabass Institute and Domaine Forget International Academy.

In the summer of 2022, Nina will appear as faculty at Domaine Forget, the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, the National Orchestral Institute, and the Golden Gate Bass Camp. She will also perform as principal bass at Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music and Chatter, a chamber music series in Albuquerque.