Described by Placido Domingo as “an artist of musicality and dedication” (Los Angeles Times), Timothy Eckert enjoys a dynamic career in Los Angeles as a double bassist, composer and teacher. Mr. Eckert performs as a member of the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra and has appeared with ensembles including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Master Chorale, and the Santa Barbara and Pasadena Symphonies. Past positions include the Long Beach Symphony and assistant principal bass with the Kalamazoo Symphony.
An avid chamber musician, Timothy performs as principal bassist with the Camerata Pacifica, and has also appeared at the Idyllwild Chamber Music Festival and on Santa Monica’s Jacaranda series. He has performed extensively at the Aspen Music Festival, where he was twice awarded fellowships, and at the Spoleto Festival in Italy, where he served as principal bass of the Spoleto Opera. Recent highlights include performances with pianist Barry Douglas, Frederica von Stade, and appearances at Wigmore Hall, the Library of Congress, Dublin’s National Concert Hall and the Morgan Library.
Mr. Eckert is also active in the recording industry, having appeared live or in studio with a diverse array of artists such as Eric Clapton, Disturbed, Madonna, Bjork, Bon Jovi, Dave Matthews Band and Alanis Morrisette. Composers with whom he has worked include Thomas Newman, Joseph Trapanese, James Newton Howard, Hans Zimmer, Alan Silvestri and James Horner. Writing in a broad range of styles, Timothy’s compositions have appeared in hundreds of television programs on networks such as CBS, ABC, Bravo, E!, History, Discovery and A&E.
Mr. Eckert holds a Master of Music degree from Indiana University, where he was awarded the prestigious Performer’s Certificate, and a bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University, cum laude. He additionally completed the Advanced Studies Program at USC. Mr. Eckert has also participated in renowned bassist Franco Petracchi’s master class at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, where he was awarded the Diploma di Merito, and at the Sermoneta Corsi di Perfezionamento. Additionally he is an alumnus of the Music Academy of the West, studying with Nico Abondolo. Eckert’s principal teachers have included Bruce Bransby, Franco Petracchi, Paul Ellison and Eugene Levinson.
In addition to his performing and composition activities, Mr. Eckert is on the faculty at Azusa Pacific University, teaching graduate and artist certificate students, as well as maintaining a private studio.