John Moore

mooreJohn Moore became a member of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in 1996 hired by Music Director Lorin Maazel.   He moved to Pittsburgh from San Diego where he had been a member of  The San Diego Symphony since 1991.  He also held the title of Principal Bass with the San Diego Chamber Orchestra.  Moore earned his Bachelor of Music degree at the Curtis Institute of Music in 1988 studying the double bass with The Philadelphia Orchestra Principal, Roger Scott.  John continued his studies with Lawrence Wolfe at the New England Conservatory in 1988.  Moore won first place in the La Jolla Symphony Solo Competition in 1993 performing the Koussevitsky double bass concerto.  John has performed with numerous music festivals including the National Repertory Orchestra, the Tanglewood Music Festival, Shleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, the Colorado Music Festival, Strings in the Mountains and the Grand Teton Music Festival. John was the Associate Principal Bass with the Honolulu Symphony from 1989 to 1991 and served as a Lecturer at the University of Hawaii in 1991.  In 1996 he was awarded the position of principal bass of the Columbus Symphony.  He served interim double bass professor at Penn State University in 2008.   In recent years John has been involved with early music and has performed occasionally with Pittsburgh’s Chatham Baroque, recently appearing in Chatham’s December 2013 performances of J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos.  He has performed extensively as a soloist and as a chamber musician in and around Pittsburgh since 1996.  John is married to Susanne Park, a member of the Pittsburgh Symphony’s first violin section.  They live in Lawrenceville with their son Oliver.  John plays on a two hundred year old English bass made by Jon Betts.