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Stephen Tramontozzi Interview

Interview Date: June 8 and 9, 2016
Conservatory Affiliation: Double Bass Faculty
Interviewer: Tessa Updike

Stephen Tramontozzi, assistant principal double bass of the San Francisco Symphony, studied with Robert Olson of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Oscar Zimmerman at the Eastman School of Music. He held the position of principal bass of the Symphony Orchestra of Sao Paolo, Brazil and has also performed with the Chamber Music West Festival, San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival, Grand Teton Music Festival and the Cabrillo Music Festival. Formerly on the faculties of Stanford University and the Universities of California at Berkeley and Santa Cruz, Tramontozzi currently serves on the faculties of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Mills College. He has been called upon to present clinics and master classes for the Hammond Ashley Double Bass Symposium, Indiana University, University of Michigan, University of Texas, New England Conservatory, New World Symphony, Pacific Music Festival and the Asian Youth Orchestra. Engagements as a recitalist have taken him to Japan, Washington and throughout California. He received a B.M. from the New England Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Lawrence Wolfe, and an M.M. from the Conservatory.

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Early years
Accordion lessons
John Barwicki
Oscar Zimmerman
Lawrence Wolfe
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Studying at the Conservatory
Joining the faculty at the Conservatory
Double bass repertoire
Teaching and students
Double bass program at the Conservatory
Memories of conductors
Instrumentalists and ensembles
Advice to young musicians



Early teachers

Sao Paulo

Lou Harrison

Double bass repertoire

Bach transcriptions

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