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Timothy Cobb, Principal Bass of the Metropolitan Opera, discusses learning new music
Timothy Cobb is principal bass of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. In addition, he plays regularly with the Met Chamber Players at both Weill and Zankel halls, as well as with many other nationwide concert series. Recent collaborations include the Guarneri, Emerson, and Belcea Quartets. He serves as principal bass for the Mostly Mozart Festival, as well as for the St. Bart's Music Festival in the French West Indies. A past participant in the Marlboro Music Festival, he has collaborated with such artists as Pinchas Zukerman, Yefim Bronfman, James Levine and Joseph Silverstein. Mr. Cobb is chairman of the double-bass department of The Juilliard School, as well as a faculty member of the Sarasota Music Festival, where he performs and coaches chamber music each June; he serves on the faculties of the Manhattan School of Music and the Conservatory of Music, Purchase College. Mr. Cobb began his studies at age seven, was playing professionally at thirteen, and graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music where he studied with Roger Scott. While at Curtis, he was substitute bassist with the Philadelphia Orchestra and at age twenty-one joined the Chicago Symphony, becoming one of that orchestra's youngest new appointments. Mr.Cobb joined the Met Orchestra in 1986. For the 2011-12 season, Mr. Cobb was on a leave-of- absence from the Met to serve as acting principal bass of the New York Philharmonic at the invitation of maestro Alan Gilbert.