Double bassist Kate Nettleman, a previous Contrabass Conversations guest and a frequent extra musician with the Chicago Symphony and Minnesota Orchestra, has recetly accepted a position as Principal Bass of the Hong Kong Philharmonic. This is exciting news for Kate, and I am really happy that this outstanding musician has been put in place in such a prominent position.
A former member of the New World Symphony (along with frequent podcast collaborator John Grillo), Kate has been working for the past several years as a freelance musician, serving as Principal Bass of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra and Assistant Principal Bass of the Elgin Symphony in addition to playing in many other ensembles in the area.
It’s sad for me personally to see Kate leave Chicago–she’s a wonderful colleague that I played with all the time, and she will be sorely missed here. Still, it is very cool that he has moved across the world (literally!) and is now Principal Bass of a major symphony orchestra.
Want to hear Kate’s story? Then listen to her Contrabass Conversations interview. She is a great interviewee with all sorts of interesting things to share from her career. Check it out!