Paul Nemeth

Bass

Hometown: Princeton, NJ
Alma maters: The Juilliard School, B.M.; Yale University, M.M.; Northwestern University, D.M.A., in progress
Appearances: Lucerne Festival Academy; Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival; Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme; Pacific Music Festival; Norfolk Chamber Music Festival; Aspen Music Festival, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, substitution; Formerly a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago
Musical origins: My father plays piano and I started lessons when I was young, but my first string instrument was cello, which I started when I was 9. In middle school, the music director needed someone to play bass and asked me if I wanted to give it a try. I loved the sound of it and have been playing ever since.
Favorite piece to play:  I love playing the orchestral standards­—­Beethoven and Brahms symphonies—but I also have a lot of fun playing Baroque music. I would love to perform more repertoire like Bach cantatas in the future.
Favorite musical memory: One of the most fun was performing the music of West Side Story alongside the movie version with David Newman at the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival. Everyone had a great time performing and still talks about it. It’s also the place where I met my wife, Chi, who is a violist in The Orchestra Now.
Favorite fact about your instrument: There have been many different types of basses over the centuries, as well as ways to play them, which has led to a large and diverse repertoire and technique for the bass. For me, this makes playing the bass feel like there are new areas to explore.

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