Glenn Basham, concertmaster, has a B.M. degree from the North Carolina School of the Arts and an M.M. degree from Indiana University. He has been a member of the artist faculty at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami since 1992. He also serves as the first violinist in the Bergonzi String Quartet, which is the quartet-in-residence at the Frost School of Music.
Basham, a native of Washington, D.C., previously played with the Detroit Symphony under Antal Dorati and was a member of the Chester String Quartet.
He has served as concertmaster at music festivals nationwide, including the Grand Teton Music Festival in Wyoming, the Colorado Music Festival, the Hot Springs Music Festival and the Pine Mountain Music Festival. He has appeared as soloist with the Ft. Wayne Philharmonic, the Lansing Symphony, the Plymouth Symphony, the Oak Park Symphony, the North Carolina School of the Arts Festival Orchestra, the Blue Lake Festival Orchestra, the Manchester Symphony, the Marion Philharmonic, the Palm Beach Symphony, the Miami City Ballet, the Pine Mountain Music Festival Symphony orchestra and the Naples Philharmonic.
As a jazz musician, Basham has performed with Ira Sullivan, Simon Salz, Lew Delgatto and Gene Bertoncini. He is featured on the Miami Saxophone Quartet's recordings Four More Giant Steps and on Skitch Henderson's Swinging with Strings on the Arbors jazz label. He has produced two jazz CDs, Blue Moon and Blue Bossa, from a live concert in 2005 with guitarist Simon Salz. Basham has been concertmaster of the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra since 1994.
Glenn Basham is anonymously underwritten.
The Vincenzo Panormo violin played by Glenn Basham, concertmaster, was generously donated by the Lautenbach and von Arx families.
Name: Glenn Basham
Hometown: Washington, D.C.
At what age did you begin playing your instrument? 8
Who have been your greatest musical influences? My parents, my teachers Alexander Prilutchi and Vartan Manoogian, Josef Gingold.
Who are your favorite composers? Bach, Brahms, and whoever I am playing at the moment.
What career path would you have taken had you not chosen music? I really have no idea.
What's currently playing on your iPod or CD player? Jamie Aebersold.
Your hobbies and interests: Family, Basel – my Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, jazz harmonica.
Some little-known, yet interesting facts about you: Climbed Mt. Sinai in 1977 with my dad, Don Basham. Joined the Musicians Union in 1974 when I was 16.
Funniest concert moment: Playing a solo note for Peter Schickele that was so high only the dog onstage could hear it!
Daily practice rituals: Play SOMETHING improvised, out of comfort zone.
The question you’re asked most often about your instrument (and your answer): “Is that Myra’s violin?” My answer: “Uh, yes...”
Your favorite part about playing in the Naples Philharmonic: Seeing over and over how happy we can make our audiences!