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Timothy Pitts, one of the most versatile double bassists of his generation, has been heard in many of the world’s greatest concert halls as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician.
Mr. Pitts’ orchestral career began as a member of the Cleveland Orchestra, after which he held the position of principal bass of the Houston Symphony for seventeen years. He 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.
Mr. Pitts has appeared as soloist with the Houston, Greenville, Savannah, Albany, and Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestras. He gave the U.S. premiere of John Harbison’s Concerto for Bass Viol with Hans Graf conducting the Houston Symphony. As a chamber musician, he has performed at Bay Chamber Concerts, the Mainly Mozart Festival, Boston Musica Viva, the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan, and the Skaneateles Festival in New York. He has collaborated with the Los Angeles Piano Quartet and the St. Lawrence, Jupiter, and Vermeer Quartets, and 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 he toured Germany and Japan, and appeared at Chicago’s Ravinia Festival.
Mr. Pitts is currently Professor of Double Bass at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. In the summer he teaches and performs at the Montecito Music Festival in California and the Beijing International Music Festival and Academy. He has given master classes at the National Orchestral Institute, the New World Symphony, Boston University, Indiana University, the Glenn Gould School, and the Pacific Music Festival. His students can be found among the ranks of the world’s finest ensembles.