Bert Witzel

Bert Witzel began playing the bass when he attended the Baltimore School for the Arts, studying with Rick Barber, assistant principal bass of the National Symphony Orchestra, and Louisville-native Lauri Bennett Kreeb. Upon graduating he attended the Curtis Institute of Music on a full-tuition scholarship, where he studied with Hal Robinson, principal bass of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and Edgar Meyer, renowned double bass soloist.

Before graduating from the Curtis Institute of Music with a Bachelor’s in Music Performance, Bert was appointed principal bass of the Louisville Orchestra. Bert has performed as a substitute with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, The National Symphony Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Bert also performs regularly with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Kentucky of Bowling Green, and the Kentucky Center Chamber Players.

In the summer Bert performs at the Oregon Coast Music Festival, Peter Britt Music Festival (also in Oregon), the Artosphere Festival in Arkansas, and teaches at the Masterworks Festival in Indiana. Bert went on a three-week concert tour of South America with the National Symphony Orchestra in 2012. This was his second international tour, his first being with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra when they toured Asia in 2005. Bert recently participated in a tour to Carnegie Hall in 2013 with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, performing two concerts for the “Spring for Music” concert series.

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