Distinguished Artist, Double Bass
Jeffrey Turner is the Principal Bassist of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. A native of South Carolina, Mr. Turner completed his Bachelor's degree with James VanDemark at the Eastman School of Music. His other teachers include Lawrence Hurst and Robert Gladstone. Before joining the PSO in 1987, Mr. Turner was the Principal Bass of the New American Chamber Orchestra from 1984 to 1986, and played with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra for the 1986-87 season.
Mr. Turner currently serves as the Director of Orchestral Studies at Duquesne University, where he is the conductor of the Duquesne Symphony Orchestra. He holds a Master's Degree in Conducting from Carnegie Mellon University, where he studied with Dr. Robert Page. As a conductor Mr. Turner has served in recent years as Artistic Director of the City Music Center Chamber Orchestra and as Music Director of the Pittsburgh Live Chamber Orchestra. Locally, Mr. Turner has also conducted opera productions at CMU, as well as Honors Orchestra Festivals for the Pennsylvania Music Educator's Association.
Mr. Turner has served as Visiting Professor at the Eastman School of Music, Indiana University, and the University of Maryland, and as a faculty member of Carnegie Mellon University. At Duquesne University, Mr. Turner has served as Chair of Strings and as Artistic Director of City Music Center's Young Bassist Program.
As winner of the Y Music Society's Passamaneck Award, Jeffrey Turner appeared in a critically acclaimed recital at Carnegie Music Hall in 1989. He was also a winner of the 1990 Pittsburgh Concert Society's Artist Award. Mr. Turner gives annual recitals and master classes throughout the world, and serves as resident artist for many annual festivals, including the Pacific Music Festival, The National Orchestral Institute, the Korsholm Festival (Finland), Indiana University's Summer Music Festival, and The Asian Youth Orchestra (Hong Kong). Mr. Turner has been a faculty member for International Workshops in Graz, Austria; Lausanne, Switzerland; and Glasgow, Scotland. He is featured as recitalist, clinician, and competition judge at the conventions of The International Society of Bassists. From 1988-92 Mr. Turner was the Executive Director of the Pittsburgh Chamber Music Project, a yearly series of concerts and educational programs featuring Pittsburgh's finest musicians in collaboration.