Nicholas Recuber

Nicholas Recuber

Adjunct Faculty, Bass

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Professional Biography

Nicholas Recuber was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and began his studies on double bass at age 14. Initially interested in jazz, he completed his bachelor’s degree in jazz studies from Rowan University in New Jersey. Eventually becoming more attracted to classical music, Recuber received his Master’s degree in classical performance at The Juilliard School under the tutelage of Ms. Orin O’Brien. He continued his studies with Nico Abondolo at the University of Southern California where he received a graduate certificate.

Previously he served as principal bass of the Santa Barbara Symphony, and has made guest appearances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the San Francisco Symphony, the Utah Symphony, the Atlanta Symphony and spent two years as a fellow in the New World Symphony. Recuber’s festival appearances include the Grand Teton Music Festival, the Moab Music Festival, and the Colorado Music Festival.

Nicholas Recuber can be heard as Principal Bass with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra on their 2019 recording “Music for Violin and Orchestra,” and with the Boulder Bach Festival on their 2023 eponymous recording. Recuber is also at home in jazz and pop worlds having performed with such artists as Gregory Porter, Cynthia Erivo, Ingrid Michaelson and Steve Vai. In 2023 Recuber toured on electric and upright bass with Nathaniel Rateliff for his “A Little Touch of Rateliff- the Songs of Harry Nilsson.”

Recuber is dedicated to teaching the next generation of bassists as well. He has given performance classes at the New School, NYC, CU Boulder, CSU Fort Collins, Sheridan College, WY and previously taught for 10 years at the University of Northern Colorado. He has published “Fantasies for Double Bass” with Carl Fisher Music. The edition features solo violin pieces transcribed and edited for the double bass with modern fingerlings and techniques for study and performance. The music bridges the gap between simple baroque solos and more complex pieces of Bach.