John Price

Assistant Principal

John Price

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Double Bass

Assistant Principal

First year with SO: 1986

Hometown: Winter Park, FL

Instrument: John plays on a French Mirecourt double bass that is over 100 years old!


Education:
Bachelor of Arts – University of Central Florida; Post-Graduate Studies – Mannes College of Music

Biography:
John joined the Sarasota Orchestra in 1997 as Assistant Principal Double Bass. Prior to this position, he was in the Orchestra as a per service musician and a double bass coach for the Sarasota Orchestra Youth Strings and Summer Camp. He has previously performed as Principal Double Bass with the Naples Philharmonic, Savannah Symphony, Louisville Orchestra, and Jacksonville Symphony. John has performed with nationally touring companies such as the Moiseyev Ballet, Moscow Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, and New York City Opera. In addition to his classical experience, John has also performed with many musical acts and contemporary artist including Harry Connick Jr, Herb Alpert, South Pacific with Robert Goulet, and Anything Goes with Mitzi Gaynor.

Passions/Interests:
John enjoys day hiking, birdwatching, and bargain hunting at local thrift stores and estate sales. John's favorite sitcom is "Earl and Jasper's First Time" and he also enjoys PBS documentaries.

Career Highlights:
Some of John's favorite musical memories include:

  • Sarasota Orchestra performances of the Mahler and Carl Nielsen Symphonies
  • Working with Luciano Pavoritti, Hilary Hahn, and James Ehnes
  • Playing a concert with Sarasota Orchestra with famous film composer and conductor Elmer Bernstein
  • Playing electric bass in Jesus Christ Superstar and Miss Saigon

Reviews

Written byHerald Tribune

 Literally gripping the arms of my seat, I was not the only one propelled on this rollercoaster of delightful music.  

Written byHerald Tribune

 Every section and soloist within the orchestra played their role with strength and beauty; every tree proud and tall. Tali served as an excellent guide leading the forces with assured confidence. The overall sound was lush and, yes, intense just where it needed to be.  

Written byHerald Tribune

 The Sarasota Orchestra was brimming with bubbling energy...  

Written byHerald Tribune

 A lifetime of musical moments, cinematic in scope, gave every section of the orchestra a leading role at one time or another. Chief among them was the virtuosic solo of concertmaster Daniel Jordan.  

Written byHerald Tribune

 It was a thrill ride resulting in an explosion of audience enthusiasm.  

Written byThe Observer

 Andrew Lane, the Orchestra’s Principal Pops Conductor, knows how to program a winning event and this concert had something for everyone. It also brought in a whole new audience that seemed dazzled by the performances.  

Written byThe Observer

 The Sarasota Orchestra played a program this past weekend filled with so much color, it was like visiting the Louvre.  

Written byHerald Tribune

 The performance... was exceptional, bringing new and stunning sonorities from a larger than usual Sarasota Orchestra under the dynamic leadership of Anu Tali.  

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