Tim Cobb - Principal Bass
Max Zeugner - Associate Principal Bass
Blake Hinson - Assistant Principal Bass
This photo is of my wife Gemma and I going to the Big Apple Circus; we had such a fun time and were really impressed by the skill of the performers! Some of my hobbies off of the stage are making the best cup of coffee I can manage, reading, and video games. When I moved to New York for my job in the Philharmonic, I was immediately inspired to take up coffee as a hobby. At first it was out of necessity for keeping the hours that we keep, but then I was taken by the pursuit of the perfect cup. My reading tastes are varied, but I find myself drifting between three different types of books: Jack Reacher/thriller books, The Great Courses/ self-help books, and science fiction. I do most of my reading through audio books, so on my morning subway commute is always entertaining! Video games have always been a part of my life, from Super Nintendo to the current console generation. When I found out my wife Gemma grew up loving video games, the deal was done! One of our favorite gaming activities is to compete with timed runs on games, and race to see who can get just that tenth of a second better. I feel so fortunate to play in an orchestra with the best musicians on the planet, It is a standard that I work to uphold every day. I am so grateful to bring beautiful music into the world, but that comes at the price of a lot of personal practice time. It is my job, but it also is something I care deeply about.
David J. Grossman
Double bassist and composer David J. Grossman enjoys a multi-faceted musical career on both the East and West Coasts - as bassist in the New York Philharmonic (joining as its youngest member in Spring 2000) and as newly-appointed Principal Bassist with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. As a soloist and clinician, Mr. Grossman has given recitals and master classes at many prestigious venues and music schools across the country, including The Boston Conservatory, Yale School of Music, the Hartt School of Music, Penn State University, and the New York Summer Music Festival, as well as faculty recitals at the Manhattan School of Music, among others. Mr. Grossman has released two albums (one classical and one jazz) entitled "The Bass of Both Worlds", available from his website, www.davidjgrossman.com. Mr. Grossman is also an ardent educator; as a member of the double bass faculty of Manhattan School of Music, and new this past Fall (2017) joined the Mannes School of Music Faculty as well. Mr. Grossman, also a passionate chamber musician, performs in the New York Philharmonic Ensembles Concerts at Merkin Hall, has performed at the 92nd Street Y, with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, to name a few collaborative partners. In the field of jazz, Mr. Grossman was a member of the Marcus Roberts Trio and has performed with Wynton Marsalis, among many others. As a composer, Mr. Grossman’s compositions include Mood Swings for trombone and double bass, written for New York Philharmonic Principal Trombone Joseph Alessi, Fantasy on “Shall We Gather at the River?”, available on former New York Philharmonic English Horn Thomas Stacy’s recording, Plaintive Melody; and two early compositions: Swing Quartet and String Quintet No. 1, which were premiered by The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
Orin O'brien was born in Hollywood, CA of parents in the film industry. She studied piano for 10 years and began bass studies at Music Academy of the West with Milton Kestenbaum (member of NBC with Toscanini). She graduated from Juilliard (studied with Frederick Zimmermann, assoc. principal bass of NY Philharmonic: won audition with Toscanini in 1930, and retired in 1966) and was a member of the NYC Ballet Orchestra from 1956 to 1966 before joining the Philharmonic. Ms. O'Brien previously free-lanced with many of New York's musical organizations, including Metropolitan Opera, Stokowski's American Symphony, NY City Opera, and Saidenberg Little Symphony. She was previously a member of the faculty at Juilliard (1990-2015) and presently teaches at Manhattan School of Music and Mannes. She has given master classes at Yale, Tanglewood, New England Conservatory and others. Ms. O'Brien is the author of "Double Bass Notebook," published by Carl Fischer. Her hobbies include reading and cooking. "I love playing with my wonderful colleagues in the New York Philharmonic, and also enjoy teaching many talented students. The experience of playing great music with great musicians is unlike anything else in this world. I feel happy to be able to share this joy." - Orin O'Brien.