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Tim Pitts, Bass


Caroline H. Hume Concert Hall
50 Oak Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
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Free, no tickets or reservations required

Double bassist Timothy Pitts is noted for his dynamic expertise in solo, chamber, and orchestral settings. Having played in the Cleveland Orchestra and Houston Symphony, among other professional orchestras, as well as with Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, Pitts’ experience crosses musical boundaries and genres.


Giovanni Bottesini
Introduction and Tarantella                                    

Richard Strauss
Excerpts from Ein Heldenleben               

Johann Sebastian Bach
Sonata for Viola de Gamba in D Major, BWV 1028
Cello Suite No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1008
   IV. Sarabande

Johann Matthias Sperger
Sonata in B Minor for Double Bass and Piano, T36        

Franz Schubert
"Arpeggione" Sonata, D. 821       
   I. Allegro moderato


Rosy Jung, bass
Xiao Xiao Ji, piano
Lucas Kaiser, bass
Te-Hsin Kung, bass
Young Lee, piano
Scott Lindorfer, bass
Miles Tsue, bass
Shu Li, piano
Ziying Hu, bass

Artist Profile

Timothy Pitts has distinguished himself as one of the most versatile double bassists of his generation. As a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician, he has been heard in many of the world’s greatest concert halls.

Mr. Pitts’ orchestral career began as a member of the Cleveland Orchestra after which he was appointed principal bass of the Houston Symphony, a position he held for seventeen years. Mr. Pitts also served as principal double bass of Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra under the direction of John Williams.

An active chamber musician, Mr. Pitts has appeared as a guest artist with Bay Chamber Concerts, the Mainly Mozart Festival, Boston Musica Viva, the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan, and the Skaneateles Festival in New York as well as with the Los Angles Piano Quartet and the St. Lawrence, Jupiter, and Vermeer Quartets. He has collaborated with such artists as Menahem Pressler, Arnold Steinhardt, Christoph Eschenbach, Heinz Holliger, Robert McDuffie, and Roberto Diaz. As a member of the Houston Symphony Chamber Players, Mr. Pitts toured Germany and Japan, and appeared at Chicago’s Ravinia Festival.

Mr. Pitts has appeared as soloist with the Houston, Greenville, Savannah, Albany, and Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestras. In April of 2006, Mr. Pitts gave the United States premiere of John Harbison’s Concerto for Bass Viol with Hans Graf conducting the Houston Symphony.

A dedicated educator, Mr. Pitts has presented master classes at the National Orchestral Institute, the New World Symphony, Boston University, Indiana University, the Glen Gould School, and the Pacific Music Festival. His students can be found among the ranks of the world’s finest ensembles.

Formerly on the faculty of the Oberlin Conservatory, Mr. Pitts is currently a Professor of Double Bass at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. For three weeks each summer he teaches and performs at the Montecito Music Festival in Montecito, California. During the summer, he is on the artist faculty of the Beijing International Music Festival and Academy, in residence at China’s Central Conservatory of Music. Mr. Pitts lives in Houston, Texas with his wife, violinist Kathleen Winkler, and two daughters, Nina and Kiri, both aspiring cellists.

Departments and Faculty Involved with This Event

Double Bass