Anthony L Manzo
Lecturer, Double Bass University of Maryland School of MusicB.A., Boston University String Division
Following his studies at Boston University, Mr. Manzo was a member of the New World Symphony in Miami before moving to Norway to play with the Bergen Philharmonic . A year later he joined the Munich Chamber Orchestra, with whom he spent the next seven years performing, recording, and touring around the world. His marriage to cellist Rachel Young led him back to Washington, D.C., where they now live with their two children Adam and Kari.
As a sought-after chamber musician, Mr. Manzo is a regular guest with the National Symphony Orchestra, the Smithsonian Chamber Players, Solo Bassist of San Francisco's New Century Chamber Orchestra as well as on the chamber music faculty of the National Orchestral Institute. In addition, he has been a guest of several chamber music festivals such as Spoleto USA, the Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival, and the Garth Newel Music Center. Recent chamber music collaborations include performances with Menahem Pressler, the St. Lawrence Quartet, and the Auryn Quartet. Mr. Manzo is also an active performer on period instruments, with groups such as Boston’s Handel & Haydn Society, Chicago’s Baroque Band, and Opera Lafayette, and occasionally still returns to play in Europe, where for many years he was Solo Bassist with the Munich Chamber Orchestra.
Mr. Manzo has recorded extensively with the Munich Chamber Orchestra (for ECM Records), the Smithsonian Chamber Players (including a recently released DVD production of Schöenberg's Op. 9 Chamber Symphony), the New Century Chamber Orchestra (another new release entitled “Together”, NCCO's first recording with Concertmaster/Music Director Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg), and Opera Lafayette.
Mr. Manzo performs on a double bass by Jean Thibouville Lamy, made in Paris around 1890.
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