Anthony Manzo enjoys performing in a broad variety of musical forums – despite the ever-present complications of travel with a double bass! An artist with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Mr. Manzo is a sought-after chamber musician who performs regularly at such noted venues as Lincoln Center in NYC, and the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC. Mr. Manzo is also the Solo Bassist of San Francisco’s New Century Chamber Orchestra, and a regular guest with the National Symphony Orchestra, the Smithsonian Chamber Society, and the Baltimore Symphony when he’s at home in Washington DC. Formerly the Solo Bassist of the Munich Chamber Orchestra, he has also been a guest principal with Camerata Salzburg in Austria, where collaborations have included their summer residency at the Salzburg Festival, as well as two tours as double bass soloist alongside bass/baritone Thomas Quasthoff, performing Mozart’s “Per questa bella mano”.
Mr. Manzo is also an active performer on period instruments, with groups including The Handel & Haydn Society of Boston (where his playing has been lauded as “endowed with beautiful and unexpected plaintiveness” by the Boston Musical Intelligencer), and Philharmonia Baroque in San Francisco. Additionally, Mr. Manzo is a member of the double bass and chamber music faculty of the University of Maryland.
Mr. Manzo performs on a double bass made around 1890 by Jerome Thibouville Lamy in Paris (which now has a removable neck for travel!).