Name: Timothy Jensen
Instrument: Double Bass
Hometown: Santa Ana
Education: Associate of Arts from Irvine Valley College; Bachelor of Music Performance from California State Long Beach, Bob Cole Conservatory of Music
Years with the Redlands Symphony: 3 Years
What other groups do you play with?
Pacific Symphony and San Diego Symphony.
Who are some of your favorite composers and pieces?
- Ravel’s Piano Concerto In G (2nd mvmt.)
- Beethoven’s Symphony No.7 (2nd mvmt)
- Debussy’s Reverie John Adams’ Harmonielehre
- Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 8
- Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 15
- Arvo Part’s Fratres
- Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5
- Mozart’s Requiem Lacrimosa
What’s one thing you think people don’t know (but should!) about your instrument?
The Double bass has many names, all referring to the same instrument: Double Bass, Contrabass, Upright Bass, String Bass, Bass Violin, Standup Bass, Bass Viol, Doghouse Bass, Bull Fiddle, Etc.
What was your most memorable performance?
Playing Mahler’s 5th Symphony with the San Diego Symphony at Copley Hall.
What was your proudest moment as a musician?
Being able to play on stage as stand partners with my Bass teacher from College.
What was the most interesting or bizarre performance experience you’ve had?
Playing a concert featuring the music of both Beethoven and Kanye West.
In addition to playing, how else are you involved in the musical world?
I was a double major in both Music Performance as well as Music Composition for my first two years of college. Although I never finished my composition degree, I still write and arrange music on almost a daily basis. Alongside performing, I have a large studio of private students that I teach very frequently. I teach a variety of instruments including piano, cello, bass, guitar, ukulele, and composition.
Tell us about your family and other non-musical parts of your life!
I am one of six children. All of us were required to take piano lessons and learn music from an early age. I switched over my musical interests to strings around the age of 16, when I began playing bass guitar and guitar. I made the transition to the double bass around the age of 19 and have kept at it ever since!
Outside of music, I love going snowboarding every winter and hiking/backpacking every summer. Other casual hobbies of mine include playing video games and disc golf.
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