Timothy Cobb, double bass
Timothy Cobb is the principal bass of the New York Philharmonic, prior to which he served as principal bass for the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Mr. Cobb serves as bass department chair for the Juilliard School, as well as serving on the faculties of the Manhattan School of Music, Purchase College and Rutgers University. Mr. Cobb also holds the title ‘Distinguished Artist in Residence’ at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fl.
Mr. Cobb has appeared at numerous chamber music festivals worldwide, and as a former participant in the Marlboro Music festival, has toured with the Musicians from Marlboro series. Mr. Cobb serves on the faculty of the Sarasota Music Festival each June, and in 2014 helped to launch a new bass program for the Killington Music Festival in Killington, VT.
Mr. Cobb serves as principal bass for Valery Gergeiv’s” World Orchestra for Peace”, an invited group of musicians from around the world who donate their time biannually to form an orchestra promoting international friendship and understanding. From his affiliation with the World Orchestra, Mr. Cobb has been designated a ‘UNESCO Artist for Peace’. Mr. Cobb also served as principal bass for the Mostly Mozart festival orchestra from 1989-2015.
Mr. Cobb graduated from the Curtis Institute where he studied with Roger Scott. While at Curtis, Mr. Cobb was a substitute with the Philadelphia Orchestra and in his senior year became a member of the Chicago Symphony under Sir Georg Solti.
Mr. Cobb can be heard on all Met recordings after 1986, New York Philharmonic recordings and broadcasts from 2011 on, as well as on the Naxos label, in a recording of Giovanni Bottesini’s duo bass compositions with fellow bassist Thomas Martin, of London. Additionally, Mr. Cobb has an ongoing collaboration with actor Stephen Lang, performing the solo bass soundtrack for Mr. Lang’s animated short, ‘The Wheatfield’, which depicts a moving and factual story from the Battle of Gettysburg. Mr. Lang and Mr. Cobb were joined by historian Harold Holzer when they were invited to Gettysburg in 2013 to mark the 150th anniversary of the battle by performing ‘The Wheatfield ‘at the Gettysburg Museum.
In the 2018/19 season, Mr. Cobb will appear on the New York Philharmonic’s Merkin Hall chamber series, as well as two appearances with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center at Alice Tully Hall in New York City, and the Harris Theatre in Chicago. Mr. Cobb will also make two appearances at the Parlance Chamber Series in Ridgewood, New Jersey. Additionally, Mr. Cobb will travel to several countries in Asia and Europe to give master classes, as well as performing a full schedule with the New York Philharmonic and a performance of Beethoven’s ninth symphony with the World Orchestra for Peace in November in Germany marking the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, the end of WW1.