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Donald Palma, Double Bass

Donald Palma

Native New Yorker Donald Palma is a founding member of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, with whom he has toured worldwide and recorded over fifty compact discs for Deutsche Grammophon. Mr. Palma received his formal education at The Juilliard School and is a former member of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and former principal bass of Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra. As a chamber musician he has appeared in recital with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Jan DeGaetani, and Jorge Bolet, and has performed with the Nash Ensemble, the Juilliard Quartet, the Da Camera Society in Houston, the First Monday Concerts in Boston, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and the North Country Chamber Players. He has also performed at the Madeira Bach Festival, the Colorado Music Festival and La Jolla SummerFest. Mr. Palma was principal bass for Leonard Bernstein in his recording of West Side Story, and was a featured artist on Kathleen Battle’s compact disc Grace. With the contemporary music group, Speculum Musicae, he serves a double function as bassist and conductor and has appeared in both capacities throughout the United States and Europe. He was music director of the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players from 1998 through 2000, and received the ASCAP-Chamber Music America Award for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music in 2000. Mr. Palma is on the faculties of Yale University and the New England Conservatory.

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