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Arnold Gregorian, Double Bass

Arnold Gregorian, double bass, is a native of Fresno, California, and spent his favorite childhood vacations visiting his aunt in Santa Cruz. From an early age, he has wanted to live here and has now fulfilled that dream after completing 42 years with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. He studied on scholarship at the Peabody Conservatory with then Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Principal Bass John Mathews and later with Roger Scott, Principal Bass of the Philadelphia Orchestra. For five years, Mr. Gregorian was Assistant Principal Bass of the Dallas Symphony and was featured in the recording of Gunther Schuller's Quartet for Double Basses on Turnabout Records.

Mr. Gregorian has been an active chamber musician and soloist, making his New York solo debut in 1985 at Carnegie Hall. In 2000, he gave a full solo recital at the Machold Gallery in New York City. As a faculty member at Temple University, he has been presented on the "Distinguished Artist Series" with pianist Charles Abramovic. In Maryland, he has performed often on the "Second Presbyterian Chamber Music" series, "Chamber Music on the Hill," with the Glyndon Chamber Players, and in many schools with the Baltimore Symphony Arts Excel program.

In addition to his performance engagements, Mr. Gregorian produces and markets double bass rosin. Players from esteemed organizations such as the Chicago Symphony and the New York Philharmonic to the Silk Road Ensemble have declared this rosin to be their favorite. Recently, he has had the pleasure of serving international customers as well.

Arnold and his bassoonist wife, Julie Green Gregorian, met in the Baltimore Symphony. They are the proud parents of three grown children and have two granddaughters, one on each coast.