The 27-year-old has been a regular guest musician with major orchestras throughout the US
The Detroit Symphony Orchestra has appointed Kevin Brown as its new principal double bass from the 2014-15 season. The 27-year-old from Minnesota graduated from Rice University in 2013 and is a regular guest musician with orchestras around the country. He replaces Alexander Hanna, now principal bass of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, who stepped down from the DSO in 2012.
‘I’m absolutely thrilled to be joining the DSO,’ said Brown. ‘I’ve always felt connected to the Midwest, and I have had nothing but wonderful experiences meeting and making music with all of my new colleagues here in Detroit. I feel very fortunate to have landed in a place where I feel at home musically, geographically and personally.’
[Editor’s note: This article comes to us by way of The Strad Magazine]
About Kevin Brown
Minnesota native Kevin Brown began playing the double bass at age three. He has since gone on to perform with esteemed ensembles across the United States and Europe, in a burgeoning career that now leads him back home to the Midwest as principal bassist of the DSO.
Mr. Brown began his collegiate studies with Peter Lloyd at the University of Minnesota, but ultimately completed his Bachelors and Masters degrees at Rice University as a student of renowned pedagogue Paul Ellison. Upon completing his degrees he went on to work with David Moore at the University of Southern California.
While a student at Rice, Brown performed extensively with the Houston Symphony, and joined them on tours to New York and Moscow. In 2009 he won the International Society of Bassists Orchestral Competition, which earned him a week in the bass section of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and in 2011 he was selected to give a solo performance at the Kennedy Center as part of their Conservatory Project. Before his appointment to the DSO, Brown also appeared as guest principal bass of the Atlanta Symphony.
Mr. Brown has spent many of his summers performing at celebrated music festivals both nationally and abroad, including Tanglewood, Schleswig-Holstein, and Le Domaine Forget in Quebec. His keen interest in Baroque music, too, led him to pursue study of historical performance practice at the Accademia di Musica Antica in Brunico, Italy, the International Summer School of Early Music in Valitice, Czech Republic, and with private tutors in Vienna, Austria.