[ Double Bass ]

Donald Palma

A graduate of the Juilliard School, Professor Palma studied with Frederick Zimmermann, Robert Brennand, Orin O’Brien, and Homer Mensch. A former member of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, he has also been principal bass of Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, and the American Composers Orchestra. He is currently bassist of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, with which he has toured the world and recorded over fifty compact discs for Deutsche Grammophon including a Grammy Award winning CD of Stravinsky works.

Professor Palma has performed with the Juilliard Quartet, the Nash Ensemble, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Da Camera Society of Houston, and the Borromeo Quartet, and in recital with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Jean-Pierre Rampal, and Jan DeGaetani. He was music director of the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players and is currently music director of the Symphony-by-the-Sea in Marblehead, Mass.

Donald Palma’s extensive recordings include diverse offerings from works of Elliott Carter and Charles Wuorinen to a Wagner Ring Cycle with the Metropolitan Opera to recordings with Kathleen Battle and pop icon Sting. He has given master classes at the Toho School, the Juilliard School, Rice University, the San Francisco Conservatory, Boston University, the Hartt School and the Manhattan School of Music.

Professor Palma joined the Yale faculty in 1992.