Edwin Barker


Associate Professor of Music, Double Bass


BM, New England Conservatory


855 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 412A


Principal Double Bass, Boston Symphony Orchestra. Former member, Chicago Symphony, Albany Symphony. Edwin Barker has performed and recorded with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Chamber Players, and with Collage, a Boston-based contemporary music ensemble. He is also a frequent guest performer with the Boston Chamber Music Society in Boston’s Jordan Hall. Edwin Barker performed the world premiere of James Yannato’s Bass Concerto (which was written especially for him) with ALEA III and subsequently with Collage. He was the featured soloist at the New England premiere of Gunther Schuller’s Bass Concerto, conducted by the composer, with the Boston Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston.

Mr. Barker’s major teaching affiliations also include the Tanglewood Music Center. In 1976, Mr. Barker graduated with Honors from the New England Conservatory, where he studied double bass with Henry Portnoi. That same year, while a member of the Chicago Symphony, he was appointed at age 22 to the position of principal bassist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Barker continues to tour and perform internationally with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Other solo engagements include appearances at Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood, the Festival of Contemporary Music at Tanglewood, Carnegie Recital Hall’s “Sweet and Low” series, and recitals at major universities and conferences throughout the world. His other engagements have included solo appearances with the Boston Classical Orchestra as well as with the Boston Symphony Orchestra in Boston and Europe. In July 1995, Mr. Barker was chosen by Maestro Sir George Solti to lead the bass section of the United Nations’ orchestra “Musicians of the World,” an orchestra composed of prominent musicians from the world’s finest orchestras. Edwin Barker’s other double bass teachers have included Peter Mercurio, Richard Stephan, and Angelo LaMariana. Present position, 1983.