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Anthony Manzo



Biography

A sought-after chamber musician, Anthony Manzo lives just outside Washington, DC, where he is a regular guest with the National Symphony Orchestra and the Smithsonian Chamber Players, and is on the faculty of the University of Maryland School of Music. In addition, he commutes westward for his position as Solo Bassist with San Francisco's New Century Chamber Orchestra, and occasionally heads east to play in Europe, where for many years he was Solo Bassist with the Munich Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Manzo is also a frequent guest at chamber music festivals such as Spoleto USA, Bay Chamber Concerts in Rockport, Maine, and the Garth Newel Music Center. Recent highlights include two tours as soloist with bass-baritone Thomas Quasthoff performing Mozart's Per questa bella mano, with performances in Paris, Salzburg, Vienna, Budapest, and Istanbul. Recent chamber music collaborations include performances with Menahem Pressler, the St. Lawrence Quartet, and the Auryn Quartet. Mr. Manzo is also an active performer on period instruments, with groups such as The Handel & Haydn Society of Boston, Chicago's Baroque Band, and Opera Lafayette in Washington, DC.

Mr. Manzo has recorded extensively, with groups including the Munich Chamber Orchestra (for ECM Records), the Smithsonian Chamber Players (including a recently released DVD production of Schoenberg's Op. 9 Chamber Symphony), the New Century Chamber Orchestra, and Opera Lafayette.

Following his studies at Boston University, Mr. Manzo played with the New World Symphony in Miami before moving to Norway to play with the Bergen Philharmonic . A year later he joined the Munich Chamber Orchestra, with whom he spent the next 7 years performing, recording, and touring around the world. His marriage to cellist Rachel Young led him back to Washington, DC, where they now live with their two lively children, Adam and Kari.

Mr. Manzo performs on a double bass by Jean Thibouville Lamy, made in Paris around 1890.

October 2011
Anthony Manzo