Zhenyuan Yao

Bass

Hometown: Shanghai, China

Alma mater: Bard College Conservatory of Music

Photos by Matt Dine

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Musical origins: I began playing the bass at age 17, and before that I played the piano. I chose my instrument for its low, deep sound.

Favorite pieces to play: Anything by Beethoven or Brahms

Favorite musical memory: Performing the Dvořák Bass Quintet with Glenn Dicterow and Karen Dreyfus