Double bass

I perform and teach classical double bass in Northern California.

I studied at the New England Conservatory of Music, and have studied privately with Stephen Tramontozzi, Donald Palma, Lawrence Wolfe, Cindy Browne-Rosefield, and Curtis Burris.

I’ve performed both principal and section roles in orchestras across North America and Europe, including performances with Michael Tilson-Thomas, Seiji Ozawa, Joshua Bell, Bobby McFerrin, and Dave Brubeck, and have performed extensive solo and chamber music repertoire. I have coached and managed youth orchestra and chamber music programs, and currently teach in-person and online through Lewis Music Studio.

My double bass is an unlabeled instrument attributed to Lippold ca. 1900-1905. The instrument underwent significant restoration between 2004 and 2019, and the C extension was added in 2022 by Pat McCarthy.

About Me

Hello, my name is Joe Lewis. Since 2014, I’ve been working at Google as a technical writer. I have worked as a developer, researcher, and in leadership roles in the energy, security, identity, privacy, and analytics realms. I wrote a few books. I often tinker around on GitHub.

I am also a professional double bassist, actively teaching this instrument on weekends and performing with orchestras as time permits. I like to travel, exercise, and am a mountain bike enthusiast.

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