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Master Classes | Timothy Pitts, Double Bass
Bt_movie_not_in_use What is important as an orchestral player? 00h:00m:18s
Bt_movie_not_in_use Timothy's career background 00h:01m:30s
Bt_movie_not_in_use Maintaining individuality 00h:04m:06s
Bt_movie_not_in_use Creating opportunities for yourself 00h:04m:50s
Bt_movie_not_in_use Keeping yourself motivated 00h:07m:30s
Bt_movie_not_in_use Brendan plays Koussevitzky 00h:11m:08s
Bt_movie_not_in_use Timothy comments 00h:15m:44s
Bt_movie_not_in_use Getting a "suave" approach 00h:16m:33s
Bt_movie_not_in_use Choosing a tempo 00h:17m:18s
Bt_movie_not_in_use When to use glissandi/different types of shifts 00h:20m:15s
Bt_movie_not_in_use Having "organic flow" with rhythm 00h:23m:28s
Bt_movie_not_in_use Brendan plays Verdi's Otello 00h:28m:34s
Bt_movie_not_in_use Starting softer to get a wide range of dynamics 00h:31m:41s
Bt_movie_not_in_use Establishing a tempo in the long notes 00h:32m:43s
Bt_movie_not_in_use Mendelssohn "Italian" Symphony 00h:38m:33s
Bt_movie_not_in_use Getting in the groove 00h:41m:10s
Bt_movie_not_in_use Thinking the melody while playing the bass line 00h:43m:01s
Bt_movie_not_in_use Beethoven 5 Scherzo 00h:44m:46s
Bt_movie_not_in_use Getting more contrast between dynamics 00h:47m:58s
Bt_movie_not_in_use Keeping the bow moving 00h:49m:16s
Bt_movie_not_in_use Starting from motion 00h:49m:30s
Bt_movie_not_in_use Connections between character changes 00h:51m:05s
Bt_movie_not_in_use Discussion of sight reading at auditions 00h:53m:44s
Bt_movie_not_in_use Lee plays Bach Suite 3 Bourrees 00h:56m:19s
Bt_movie_not_in_use Eliminating left-hand "finger noise" 00h:59m:02s
Bt_movie_not_in_use Finding contrast in note lengths 01h:00m:17s
Bt_movie_not_in_use Organizing bow distribution 01h:01m:23s
Bt_movie_not_in_use Using intervals to determine note length 01h:06m:06s
Bt_movie_not_in_use Questions and answers within the phrase 01h:06m:54s
Bt_movie_not_in_use Changing colors within different sections 01h:12m:44s
Bt_movie_not_in_use Lee plays Otello 01h:17m:12s
Bt_movie_not_in_use Keeping a large pulse throughout 01h:19m:17s
Bt_movie_not_in_use Sustaining sound on long notes 01h:20m:02s
Bt_movie_not_in_use Shifting with the arm vs. finger 01h:24m:51s

Timothy Pitts talks about his career and works on the Koussevitzky Concerto, Verdi Otello soli, Mendelssohn "Italian" Symphony, Beethoven 5 Scherzo with Brendan Kane, and Bach Suite no. 3 Bourrees with Lee Philip.

Double Bass


Timothy Pitts
Double Bass

Timothy Pitts has distinguished himself as one of the most versatile double bassists of his generation. As a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician, he has been heard in many of the world’s greatest concert halls.

Mr. Pitts’ orchestral career began as a member of the Cleveland Orchestra after which he was appointed principal bass of the Houston Symphony, a position he held for seventeen years. Mr. Pitts 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.

An active chamber musician, Mr. Pitts has appeared as a guest artist with Bay Chamber Concerts, the Mainly Mozart Festival, Boston Musica Viva, the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan, and the Skaneateles Festival in New York as well as with the Los Angles Piano Quartet and the St. Lawrence, Jupiter, and Vermeer Quartets. He has collaborated 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, Mr. Pitts toured Germany and Japan, and appeared at Chicago’s Ravinia Festival.

Mr. Pitts has appeared as soloist with the Houston, Greenville, Savannah, Albany, and Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestras. In April of 2006, Mr. Pitts gave the United States premiere of John Harbison’s Concerto for Bass Viol with Hans Graf conducting the Houston Symphony.

A dedicated educator, Mr. Pitts has presented master classes at the National Orchestral Institute, the New World Symphony, Boston University, Indiana University, the Glen Gould School, and the Pacific Music Festival. His students can be found among the ranks of the world’s finest ensembles.

Formerly on the faculty of the Oberlin Conservatory, Mr. Pitts is currently a Professor of Double Bass at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. For three weeks each summer he teaches and performs at the Montecito Music Festival in Montecito, California. During the summer, he is on the artist faculty of the Beijing International Music Festival and Academy, in residence at China’s Central Conservatory of Music. Mr. Pitts lives in Houston, Texas with his wife, violinist Kathleen Winkler, and two daughters, Nina and Kiri, both aspiring cellists.