Jeremy McCoy is Assistant Principal double bass with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. He also maintains an active role as soloist, chamber musician and teacher.
Mr. McCoy began studying double bass with David Currie in his native Ottawa, Canada. Another important early teacher was Swedish bassist Torvald Fredin. With the assistance of awards from the Canada Council for the Arts, he continued his studies with Roger Scott at the Curtis Institute of Music, receiving a Bachelor of Music degree. At age twenty, Mr. McCoy joined Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra. The following season he won an appointment to the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.
Mr. McCoy has performed as recitalist at Lincoln Center and on CBC Radio and as concerto soloist at the National Arts Centre, with the Louisiana Philharmonic, the Atlantic Chamber Orchestra and Musica Viva. As a chamber player, he has collaborated with members of today’s most distinguished string quartets, performing at Bargemusic and at international festivals including Marlboro, Affinis (Japan), Kneisel Hall, and Bowdoin.
Prior to devoting more time to teaching, Mr. McCoy was a dedicated performer of new music. He was a founding member of Sequitur and Ensemble Sospeso and also appeared regularly with Speculum Musicae, giving American or world premiere performances of chamber works by many prominent and influential composers.
In addition to all Met media productions since 1985, Mr. McCoy’s recording credits include varied chamber works and a long list of titles from the film, television, and recording industries. His eclectic recording of duos, “Dialogues with Double Bass,” was released in 2005 to popular and critical acclaim.
Mr. McCoy joined the faculty of Manhattan School of Music in 2008. He also teaches at Columbia University; has presented master classes throughout the United States, in Canada, and in Japan; and has contributed articles to Strings magazine.