Nina DeCesare :: double bass (United States)

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Nina DeCesare :: double bass (United States)

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About Nina


Oregon Symphony Orchestra - Section Bass


Portland, OR

Other Interests:

Hiking, gardening, and my dog




Nina DeCesare’s passionate bass playing captivates all kinds of listeners, tackling dynamic repertoire that continually pushes the boundaries of what is possible and expected from the bass. Nina began playing the bass at age eight on a tiny quarter sized bass, studying with George Vance, the renowned young bassist pedagogue. Through Vance, Nina worked closely with the virtuosic François Rabbath throughout the beginning of her bass studies. As a young bassist, Nina competed in the International Society of Bassists' competitions, winning first place in both the Under-14 and 15-18 age divisions. Later on in her career, she won first place in both the UT Bassfest competition and the River Concert Series Concerto Competition, which led to a performance of the Vanhal concerto with the Chesapeake Orchestra. In 2010, Nina began her studies at Rice University with Paul Ellison and in 2012, she was awarded Rice University's Wagoner Fellowship to spend the summer in Paris, studying intensively with François Rabbath. In 2014, Nina won a section bass position with the Oregon Symphony and subsequently moved to Portland, Oregon to begin her orchestral career. Alongside of playing in the concert hall, she regularly plays solo and chamber music concerts in bars, cafes, and churches around Portland, collaborating and sharing her eclectic approach to music with as many people as possible.