Stephen Sas, double bass




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Stephen Sas                                            Double Bass 

(914) 462-7261                                                                  ssas1012@aol

104 Pearsall Drive,  Apt 1C,  Fleetwood, NY  10552

Orchestral and Chamber Music Experience:

  •  The New York Philharmonic

      Substitute Bassist:

    Numerous concerts under music directors Kurt Masur, Lorin Maazel, and Alan Gilbert

    2011, 2012 European Tours with Alan Gilbert

    2009 Asian Tour with Lorin Maazel   

    2008 North Korean Tour with music director Lorin Maazel

    2006 Fall Asian Tour with music director Lorin Maazel

    1998 - present  Subscription Seasons,  Asian and European Tours

    1997 - 98  Subscription Seasons, South American Tour

    1995 - 96 European Tours

    1994  Asian Tour

Numerous recordings on Telarc label with New York Philharmonic and Kurt Masur

Televised Live from Lincoln Center concerts, including Fall 2006 concert


Performances with: Herbert Blomstedt, Pierre Boulez, Sir Colin Davis, Gustavo Dudamel, Charles Dutoit, Lucas Foss, Valery Gergiev, Alan Gilbert, Neeme Jarvi, Bobby McFerrin, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Krzysztof Penderecki, Andre Previn, Leonard Slatkin, Yuri Temirkanov, Franz Welser-Most, Simone Young

•  The New York City Ballet Orchestra

Substitute Bassist including 2006 Chicago Tour and subsequent subscription seasons

• The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

    Performances in Carnegie Hall, Asian and domestic tours

    Performances with guest artists: Emanuel Ax, Joshua Bell, Sarah Chang,

    Richard Goode, Angelica Kirschlager, Ute Lemper, Branford Marsalis,

    Anne Sophie von Otter, Andres Schiff, Anoushka Shankar, Andre Watts

Educational outreach performances in New York City public schools

Juilliard School residency programs

• The International Sejong Soloists

Bassist 2001 - 2006

Domestic, European and Asian Tours

Performances and tours with guest artists Joshua Bell, Vladimir Feltsman,

Lynn Harrell, Cho-Liang Lin, Joseph Kalichstein, Garrick Ohlsson,

Gil Shaham, Eugenia Zuckerman

Resident Artist: Aspen Music Festival;  Great Mountains Music Festival, Korea.

Naxos Recording with Cho-Liang Lin, Fall, 2006

Residency with NPR Radio, Washington DC 2003

• The Los Angeles Piano Quartet

2002 Chamber music appearances

• Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

1997  Mostly Mozart Festival,  and other performances.

•  Continuum

1999 "Presences", New Music Festival; Paris, France.

1997  International Society of Contemporary Music  (ISCM)

annual conference,  Seoul, South Korea,  and other performances.

Teaching Experience:

• Teaching Assistant:

The Juilliard School and The Manhattan School of Music for

Eugene Levinson and Orin O'Brien. 

•Faculty Member:

    Music at Concordia College:  2007 - present

    Great Mountains Music Festival, Korea:  2006, 2007.

• Private Instruction:

All levels, from beginner through professional symphony orchestra members.


Doctorate of Music 1999, The Juilliard School.  Topic of dissertation: "A History of double bass performance practice," a survey of how the bass was played and taught 1500-1900 and the first extensive work on double bass pedagogy history published in English.  Masters of Music 1994, and Bachelors of Music 1992, the Juilliard School.


Stephen Sas,  Double Bassist

Stephen Sas             
                Double Bass 

(914) 462-7261                                                                 ssas1012@aol

One of New York City’s most in-demand players, double bassist Stephen Sas performs with major ensembles in the area, such as The New York Philharmonic, The New York City Ballet, The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, The Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players, The New Jersey Symphony, and Sejong Soloists.

Mr. Sas is regularly asked to tour and record, and has performed on numerous recordings and televised concerts with The New York Philharmonic and Orpheus. He has performed under the batons of Kurt Masur, Gustavo Dudamel, Charles Dutoit, Herbert Blomstedt, Pierre Boulez, Sir Colin Davis, Valery Gergiev, Alan Gilbert, Neeme Jarvi, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Mutti, Krzysztof Penderecki, Andre Previn, Leonard Slatkin, Yuri Temirkanov and Franz Welser-Most.

Stephen Sas has toured extensively in Europe, Asia and South America, and throughout the United States, and has performed at historic concerts at The Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea, and in major venues across the globe.

A native of New York City, he received his Doctorate of Music from The Juilliard School, where he studied with Eugene Levinson. His doctoral dissertation, “A History of Double Bass Performance Practice” was the first of its kind written in the English language.