Robert Oppelt is Principal Bass with the National Symphony Orchestra. He joined the orchestra in 1982 as a section member and was subsequently promoted to Assistant Principal in 1984, then to his current position in 1996. He has appeared as soloist with the NSO in performances of Mozart's Per queste bella mano, Paganini's Moses Fantasy, and Koussevitsky's Concerto for Double Bass. He also enjoys performing chamber music with Kennedy Center Chamber Players, and has collaborated with other prestigious musicians such Yo-Yo Ma, Hilary Hahn, Joseph Kalichstein, and the Guarneri String Quartet. He attended North Carolina School of the Arts and enjoyed inspirational summers at the Brevard and Tanglewood festivals. He is also currently Lecturer of Double Bass at University of Maryland.
In 2006, Mr. Oppelt released a CD entitled The Double Bass - Robert Oppelt and Friends (with other NSO members) through MSR Classics which features a mix of solo and ensemble works for the double bass. The CD was praised by Fanfare Magazine. It is also a support project for ALS disease.