Rex Surany is the Principal Bass of the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. He is also working as an assistant at The Juilliard School in cooperation with Harold Robinson, the Principal Bass of the Philadelphia Orchestra.
His musical education began with piano lessons when he was 7 years old. After two years, he switched exclusively to the double bass with Robert Peterson of Trenton, New Jersey. In 2002, upon completing the Vance repertoire with Peterson, Rex proceeded to study Rabbath Method with Nicholas Walker, professor of double bass at Ithaca College, and joined the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra under the direction of maestro Joseph Primavera.
In 2006, Rex attended The Colburn School in Los Angeles. There he studied with David Allen Moore and Paul Ellison. After a year of study, he was admitted to the Curtis Institute of Music, where, in addition to focusing on double bass performance, he found and pursued interests in composing, transcribing, and arranging that continue today.
In May of 2012, Rex joined the New York Philharmonic as a temporary member. While Rex subbed at “The Phil” he spent his free time traveling to Berlin to learn more about the Berlin Philharmonic’s playing traditions, and to study German bow with Janne Saksala and Matthew Mcdonald; BPO’s first principal bassists. After two years of studying, freelancing, auditioning, teaching, Rex finally won his first audition in 2014 as a section player at the Metropolitan Opera, James Levine music director. And after a year of playing “tutti” at the Met, he won the principal position where he currently resides.
Rex has numerous accolades in both solo and orchestral playing. In June of 2009, he was awarded 2nd prize of the International Society of Double bassists Orchestral Competition. During the following summer, he won 3rd prize of the 2010 Bradetich Foundation International Solo Competition. And in 2011, Rex was the 2nd prize-winner at the ISB Solo Competition. Rex has also performed professionally with many orchestras including the Classical Tahoe Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, American Ballet Theatre, Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Haddonfield Symphony. He has given Recitals and Master classes at University of Southern California, Ithaca College, Curtis Institute, Brigham Young University, and Fort Lewis College.