Steven Moran > Bass
A native of Long Island, New York, Mr. Moran began playing the bass at age fourteen. By age seventeen, he had gone on to perform orchestral and chamber music on five continents. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Peabody Conservatory and a Master of Music Degree from the Juilliard School where he was the teaching assistant to New York Philharmonic Principal Bassist, Eugene Levinson and to the late renowned keyboardist/historian, Albert Fuller, all on full scholarship.
As a chamber musician, Mr. Moran is a member of New York City’s esteemed Jupiter Chamber Players. He is also currently the Solo Bassist with the Manchester Chamber Orchestra and was Solo Bassist with the Philadelphia Virtuosi for four seasons.
He served 22 years as a member of the Florida West Coast Symphony in Sarasota and is now a frequent guest of the New York City Ballet Orchestra, the New Jersey Symphony, Florida’s Jacksonville Symphony and the Harrisburg Symphony in Pennsylvania. He also works with New York City’s Sonos Chamber Orchestra, Ossia Symphony Orchestra, the Bronx Arts Ensemble, the New Philharmonic of New Jersey and New Jersey’s Westfield Symphony.
Among his other titled positions, Mr. Moran’s past appointments have included Principal Bassist of Maryland’s Annapolis Symphony and Florida’s Key West Symphony, as well as Assistant Principal Bassist of the Sarasota Opera in Florida. In addition, for the past sixteen years he has appeared as a musical artist at Vermont’s Manchester Music Festival, playing in both chamber and orchestral music and for ten years he served as the Solo Bassist for the Bar Harbor Music Festival in Maine.
A champion of twentieth century music, he was the solo bassist in the world premier of David Amram’s Starry Night and before that, in the world premier of Edgard Varèse’s recently discovered work, Dances for Burgess at New York City’s Symphony Space. Another of his noted ventures into the promotion of serious contemporary music was in the New York premiere and then reprise of the gargantuan John Cage/Merce Cunningham collaboration, Ocean, at Lincoln Center. As a member of Sonos, he continues in this vein.
Along with maintaining a private teaching studio in New York City year round, he spends his summers on the faculty of the New York Summer Music Festival at Oneonta along with performing with both Vermont’s Manchester Music Festival and Green Mountain Opera.
Mr. Moran’s playing can be heard on major media soundtracks and he has also recorded with the rock band, They Might Be Giants. He plays on a 1922 double bass by the early 20th century Cremonese master, Romedio Muncher.