It is my pleasure to bring you this great interview with Pittsburgh Symphony principal bassist Jeff Turner for this week’s episode of Contrabass Conversations. Jeff has excellent advice for musicians, and he reflects on his early years on the instrument in this very engaging interview. You will also be hearing a double bass feature from the Lascivious Biddies on this episode. Enjoy!
CBC 26: Jeff Turner interview
Release Date: 6/24/07
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After the interview, we’ll be featuring a few musical selections, but let’s get into our interview with Jeff Turner. Here we go!
Today’s Guest – Jeff Turner
Principal Bass, Pittsburgh Symphony
Principal Bass Jeffrey Turner joined the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in 1987. He served as Principal Bass of the New American Chamber Orchestra from 1984 to 1986 and became a member of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in 1986. Mr. Turner, a native of South Carolina, holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester. His teachers include James VanDemark, Lawrence Hurst and Robert Gladstone.
Mr. Turner serves on the faculties of Duquesne University and Carnegie Mellon University. He is the Artistic Director of the City Music Center’s Young Bassist Program, and gives annual seminars and master classes at universities and conservatories throughout the world. He has also served as Visiting Professor at the Eastman School of Music and Lecturer at the University of Maryland.
Mr. Turner has been a resident artist for many annual festivals including the Pacific Music Festival in Japan and the Korsholm Festival in Finland. He has been featured as a presenter at the conventions of The International Society of Bassists, and has served on the faculty of The Asian Youth Orchestra (Hong Kong) under the direction of Lord Yehudi Menuhin. Mr. Turner is a faculty member of the National Orchestral Institute. As winner of the Y Music Society’s Passamaneck Award, Jeffrey Turner appeared in a critically acclaimed recital at Carnegie Music Hall in 1989. He was also a winner of the 1990 Pittsburgh Concert Society’s Artist Award.
Summertime from Brother Love
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Odd Bird by the Lascivious Biddies
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News and Notes:
-Grillo studied with Jeff
-Ranaan Meyer – upcoming guest
-I wrote about Time for Three (Ranaan’s trio) for the Take a Friend to Orchestra initiative on Adaptistration
-Gary Karr videos on blog
Visit my bass blog videos for all Gary Karr selections
-music injury/prevention project
- John Grillo recital – interview part 1 part 2 part 3
- Rob Kassinger interview
- Michael Hovnanian interview
- Greg Sarchet interview
- Lawrence Hurst interview part 1 part 2
- Rabbath interview part 1 part 2
- Ira Gold interview part 1 part 2