Casey Karr

Bass

Hometown: Novato, CA
Alma maters: Oberlin Conservatory, Northwestern University
Appearances: Civic Orchestra of Chicago, 2015–17; Domaine Forget Music Academy, 2016–17; Texas Music Festival, 2016; National Repertory Orchestra, 2015
Musical origins: I began playing the double bass in 7th grade, shortly after falling in love with the sonorous tones of the electric bass. I had been playing in my middle school jazz band and wanted to join the concert band, and the band director said I could only do it if I learned upright. I quickly began exploring the instrument, and never turned back!
Favorite piece to play: Mahler’s Symphony No. 2—just listen to the first few minutes and you’ll see why it’s bass player heaven.
Favorite obscure piece: Here, Leaving by Kristin Kuster—it’s a beautiful cello feature for string quartet plus bass and marimba. I was lucky to get to play it in Chicago several times and record it with the Zafa Collective.
Favorite musical memory: Playing principal bass on Ginastera’s Variaciones Concertantes with the National Repertory Orchestra in 2015. The piece is a set of theme and variations, and the return of the theme just before the final orchestral tutti is a gorgeous and lyrical solo for the bass accompanied only by harp. We don’t get many opportunities to play in such a sensitive way with the orchestra. It was a unique moment in my playing career.
Which composer would have had the best social media: I think it would be fascinating to see Beethoven’s Twitter account. His music is such an emotional whirlwind, I can only imagine a live feed of his daily life!
Favorite fact about your instrument: Although the bass looks a lot like the violin or cello, it’s believed to be a cousin of the Viola da Gamba and not part of the violin family at all!
The thing most people don’t know about classical music is: People are still writing it! Contemporary classical music is extremely varied and intriguing. It’s not all just dead composers.
Favorite non-musical hobby or activity: I love running, hiking, and generally spending time outdoors.

MORE MUSICIANS

Kyle Anderson

Cello

Hyunjae Bae

Violin

Lara Baker-Finch

Violin

Coline Berland

Violin

Andrew Borkowski

Cello

Regina Brady

Oboe

Philip Brindise

Horn

Ethan Brozka

Horn

Micah Candiotti-Pacheco

Clarinet

Grace Choi

Violin

Gabe Cruz

Trombone

Milad Daniari

Bass

Joshua DePoint

Bass

Clara Engen

Violin

Michael Franz

Bass

Diego Gabete

Violin

Carl Gardner

Bassoon

Sasha Haft

Flute

Shannon Hagan

Horn

Bonnie Heung

Viola

Dan Honaker

Tuba

Casey Karr

Bass

William Kaufman

Percussion

James Jihyun Kim

Oboe

Szabolcs Koczur

Trumpet

Emmanuel Koh

Viola

Chi Lee

Viola

Eleanor Lee

Cello

Haemi Lee

Violin

Sangwon Lee

Clarinet

Anna Lenhart

Horn

Fangxi Liu

Violin

William McPeters

Bass

Emily Melendes

Harp

Yurie Mitsuhashi

Violin

Jiyoung Moon

Violin

Scot Moore

Viola

Christopher Moran

Trumpet

Kelly Mozeik

Oboe

Dávid A. Nagy

Bassoon

Paul Nemeth

Bass

Lauren Peacock

Cello

Leonardo Pineda

Violin

Danny Poceta

Cello

Yuan Qi

Viola

Youyang Qu

Violin

Federico Ramos

Bass trombone

Michael Rau

Violin

Aleh Remezau

Oboe

David Riker

Viola

Elias Rodriguez

Clarinet

Adam Romey

Bassoon

Matthew Ross

Flute

Miles Salerni

Percussion/Timpani

Lili Sarayrah

Violin

Denis Savelyev

Flute

Alana Shannon

Cello

Omar Shelly

Viola

Jinn Shin

Cello

Zachary Silberschlag

Trumpet

Luke Stence

Bass

Jiayu Sun

Violin

Adina Mu-Ying Tsai

Violin

Lila Vivas Blanco

Violin

Matt Walley

Trombone

Zhilin Wang

Cello

Thomas J. Wible

Flute

Caleb Wong

Viola

Weiqiao Wu

Violin

Hao Xing

Violin

Zhenyuan Yao

Bass

Drew Youmans

Violin

Hui Zhang

Cello

Yuqian Zhang

Violin