2017 Festival Orchestra: Scott Pingel

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Scott Pingel, bass

Scott Pingel began playing the double-bass at age 17 because of a strong interest in jazz,
Latin, and classical music. In 2004, at age 29, he became the principal bass of the San
Francisco Symphony and was named by the San Francisco Chronicle as one of the “most
prominent additions to the ensemble.” Previously, he served as principal bass of the
Charleston Symphony Orchestra, and performed as a guest with the Metropolitan Opera
and as principal with the National Arts Center Orchestra in Canada. His solo
performances with ensembles such as the San Francisco Symphony, the San Francisco
Academy Orchestra, and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, as well as his solo recitals
featuring his own arrangements and compositions, have received high critical acclaim. As
a chamber musician, he has collaborated with luminaries including Yo-Yo Ma, members
of the Emerson, Miro, Pacifica, St. Lawrence, Danish, and Takacs Quartets, and has
toured throughout the US with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. He
frequently performs at the [email protected] and Music in the Vineyards festivals, and can
be heard on television and radio programs including NPR’s “Performance Today”.
Formerly active as a jazz musician and electric bassist, he worked with greats including
Michael Brecker, Geoff Keezer, and James Williams, and performed in venues from
Birdland in New York to Fasching in Stockholm.
A committed educator, Mr. Pingel has taught master classes at numerous institutions
throughout North America, Asia, and Europe. He served as a tenured Associate
Professor of Music at the University of Michigan, and is currently a member of the
faculty at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
Mr. Pingel’s primary instructors were James Clute, Peter Lloyd, and Timothy Cobb. He
earned a BM degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, a MM degree from the
Manhattan School of Music, and spent two years as a fellow at the New World