Artist Bio

Scott Pingel, double bass

Scott Pingel began playing the double bass at age seventeen because of a strong interest in jazz, Latin, and classical music. At age twenty-nine, he became Principal Bass of the San Francisco Symphony and was named by the San Francisco Chronicle as one of the most “prominent additions” to the ensemble. Previously, he served as Principal Bass of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra; performed with the Metropolitan Opera, the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood, and the Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra; and served as Guest Principal with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Canada. As a chamber musician, he has collaborated with such luminaries as Yo-Yo Ma, Julia Fischer, Gilbert Kalish, Wu Han, Joseph Silverstein, Jorja Fleezanis, Yefim Bronfman, and members of the Emerson, Miró, Pacifica, St. Lawrence, and Takács quartets. He can often be heard at the Music in the Vineyards festival and on television and radio programs including NPR’s Performance Today. Pingel has taught master classes at prestigious institutions such as the Curtis Institute of Music, the Juilliard School, the Colburn School, Manhattan School of Music, theShanghai Conservatory, and the New World Symphony. He has served on the faculty of the University of Michigan and is currently a faculty member of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Pingel’s primaryinstructors were James Clute, Peter Lloyd, and Timothy Cobb. Heearned a B.M. degree from the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire and anM.M. degree and a P.S.D. from Manhattan School of Music and spent twoyears as a fellow at the New World Symphony.

Scott Pingel will perform in Concert Program I (July 16).

2016–2017 Music@Menlo Appearances