Double bassist, blogger, and entrepreneur John Grillo has been a pivotal part of Contrabass Conversations since its inception in early 2007. John was one of our very first guests on the podcast, and his role quickly grew to that of collaborator and co-host. John and I have now co-hosted many of the Contrabass Conversations podcasts, and I really enjoy the interplay that we have in these interviews.
John also began blogging later in 2007, and he covers a wide variety of topics on his always engaging blog classicalmusicnews.tv. The contributions listed below represent the core of the Contrabass Conversations experience, and I look forward to many more such collaborations in the future!
John started playing Double Bass at the age of 11. He attended The Julliard School during high school and was a scholarship student at Indiana University School of Music in Bloomington, Indiana where he studied with Lawrence Hurst. After graduating from IU, he attended the Manhattan School of Music completing his Masters Degree with Timothy Cobb. Mr. Grillo performed at The Tanglewood Music Center from 1994 to 1996. Other festivals include the National Repertory Orchestra, Festival di Due Mondi in Italy, and Pacific Music Festival in Japan. John was a member of the New World Symphony from 1999-2002. His other professional engagements include performances with the Philadelphia Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Opera, Wheeling Symphony, Memphis Symphony, and the Sarasota Opera. John was a faculty member with The Pittsburgh Music Academy from 2002-2006. Future engagements include the Iris Orchestra, Philadelphia Virtuosi, Pennsylvania Ballet, The Princeton Festival, The Philly Pops, Opera New Jersey and the Princeton Symphony. Check out John’s interviews on Contrabass Conversations here, or subscribe in iTunes for the interview plus John’s complete recital.
John Grillo’s interview:
- this live 2006 recital from John is one of the most popular Contrabass Conversations offerings, having been downloaded many thousands of times