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        Eric Shetzen began his music studies on the piano at age 4 and added the double bass at age 8. He began focusing exclusively on the bass in high school and now performs as a member of the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Florida. As an orchestral double bassist, Shetzen has played Principal Bass with the Juilliard Orchestra and Juilliard Symphony, as well as the Castleton Music Festival Orchestra, Eastern Music Festival Orchestra, and the Idyllwild Festival Orchestra. He has worked with various eminent conductors including Lorin Maazel, Michael Tilson Thomas, James DePreist, Bernard Haitink, Yutaka Sado, and Sir Neville Marriner. Shetzen also enjoys performing in his hometown of Scottsdale, AZ as a member of the Arizona MusicFest Orchestra. For three years Shetzen performed in the Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra in Japan where he was featured on the Japanese television program Ongaku no Daimei as the solo bassist in Stravinsky's Pulcinella.

        As an active and dedicated chamber musician, Shetzen has been a three-time attendee of Juilliard’s ChamberFest, performing works by Beethoven, Schubert, and Prokofiev. He has also performed Stravinsky’s L’histoire du Soldat conducted by James Conlon at John Jay College and Lorin Maazel at the Castleton Festival.  Additionally, he is the first bassist to study at the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, by invitation of pianist Seymour Lipkin, where he performed with student musicians as well as members of the Juilliard String Quartet and Metropolitan Opera in works of Schubert, Dvorak, and Bach. He was also a member of the Elianto Quintet, a string ensemble that he founded and regularly performed with around New York’s Tri-State area. He has also collaborated with the International Menuhin Music Academy and Maxim Vengerov at the Incontri in Terra di Siena Festival in Tuscany, Italy.

            In addition to chamber and orchestral pursuits, Shetzen enjoys the opportunity to perform contemporary music whenever possible. With the AXIOM ensemble conducted by Jeffrey Milarsky he has performed music by Schreker, Poulenc, Berio and Lindberg at various Lincoln Center venues. He has also performed John Adams’ Shaker Loops at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City with the composer in attendance. Eric Shetzen is the recipient of the Irving Berlin Scholarship, the Juilliard Alumni Scholarship, the Stephen Ian Handleman Scholarship, the Willens Memorial Scholarship, the Irene Diamond Graduate Fellowship, and the Semper Fidelis Award for Musical Excellence. Eric received both his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School as a student of New York Philharmonic bassists Orin O’Brien and David Grossman.

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