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Stephen Tramontozzi

Double Bass


  • Private Lessons
  • Double Bass Class
  • Orchestral Excerpts for Double Bass


  • MM, San Francisco Conservatory of Music
  • BM, New England Conservatory of Music


  • San Francisco Symphony, Associate Principal, 1980–Present
  • San Francisco Opera Orchestra, 1979–1980
  • San Jose Symphony, 1979–1980
  • Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo, Brazil, 1978–1979
  • Boston Musica Viva, 1976–1978

What is your hometown?

Boston, MA

What is your favorite recording?

Stravinsky's Rite of Spring, San Francisco Symphony.

What are you passionate about outside of music?


Who were your major teachers?

Robert Olson (Boston Symphony), Oscar Zimmerman (Eastman School of Music), and Larry Wolfe (Boston Symphony and New England Conservatory).

What is a favorite quote that you repeatedly tell students?

“Keep your left hand connected (to the instrument) and your bow will make beautiful music.”

What question do you wish students would ask sooner rather than later?

“Can you help me set goals?”

What was the defining moment when you decided to pursue music as a career?

I just had to decide between my love for music and my interest in architecture at the age of 16.

What was a turning point in your career?

Playing a great audition and winning the job with the San Francisco Symphony.

If you weren't a musician or teacher, what do you think you would be doing now?

I’d be an architect.

What is your daily practice routine?

Warm up the voice (bow arm) and do some technical exercises. Then I develop and work on particular exercises that relate to the pieces that I'm working on and then I apply all that to those pieces.

What are your most important collaborations?

Recorded the Books of Madrigals by George Crumb under his supervision; Recorded the keyboard concerti of J.S. Bach with Awadagin Pratt and the St. Lawrence Quartet; Recorded a CD of chamber music by Lou Harrison under his supervision.

What are your academic publications?

The Solo Cello Suites of J.S. Bach for Double Bass Nos. 2, 3, and 4.

What recordings can we hear you on?

Walkabout (Solo CD), CD Baby
The Keyboard Concerti and the Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 of J.S. Bach, Angel Records
The Book of Madrigals 1-4 by George Crumb, Bridge Records
Home Bass (Solo CD), CD Baby

What is your unrealized project?

I have transcribed and edited the solo Cello Suites of J.S. Bach, Nos. 2, 3, and 4 for the double bass. I would like to do the same for Suites 1, 5, and 6.