Principal Double Bass
Jeffrey Beecher pursues a varied musical career as both an energetic performer and educator. He performs as Principal Double Bass with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, which he joined in 2006, and serves as Co-Artistic Director of Silkroad and on the faculty of The Glenn Gould School at The Royal Conservatory.
Jeffrey tours frequently with Silkroad, performing in major venues of North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. In addition to performing, Mr. Beecher has participated in residencies around the world, including work at Harvard University, University of California Santa Barbara, Getty Museum, Rietberg Museum, and the Aga Khan Museum. He appears on several recordings, including Off the Map, A Playlist Without Borders, the GRAMMY® Award–winning Sing Me Home, as well as in the documentary film The Music of Strangers.
As an orchestral musician, Jeffrey has performed as Principal Bass with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and Orchestra of St. Luke's. An active chamber musician, Mr. Beecher has enjoyed performing at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Bargemusic, Weill Recital Hall, Zankel Hall, and the 92nd Street Y. He has also performed at festivals from the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival to the Marlboro Music Festival.
Jeffrey has made numerous arrangements for the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Silkroad ensemble. He also composed and produced music for the internationally broadcast television show, Travels to the Edge with Art Wolfe.
Jeffrey began his musical education in New York where he attended The Juilliard School and the Manhattan School of Music. He completed his studies at the Curtis Institute of Music with Harold Robinson and Edgar Meyer.
Jeffrey plays on two double basses: an Italian bass made by Giovanni Battista Rogeri in Brescia, Italy in 1690; and a French bass made by Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume in Paris, France in 1850.