Edward Kass, bass
Currently based in Boston, bassist Edward Kass has performed as an orchestral and chamber musician in renowned halls around the world, including the Berlin Philharmonie, the KKL Luzern, Suntory Hall (Tokyo), Boston Symphony Hall, and Jordan Hall (Boston). Kass was born in San Jose, CA, where he started playing bass at his public elementary school. A devoted and passionate performer of contemporary music, Kass believes that musicians should strive to connect today’s music to the rich traditions of the past, rather than treating contemporary music as a novelty or niche field. His training with musical masters such as Kim Kashkashian, Stephen Drury, Laurence Lesser, and Nicolas Crosse has shaped his understanding and interpretive dexterity when working with composers like Unsuk Chin, Wolfgang Rihm, Gunther Schuller, and Matthias Pintscher. Kass completed his graduate and undergraduate studies at New England Conservatory under the tutelage of Todd Seeber and Lawrence Wolfe. In 2015, Kass received the New England Conservatory John Cage Award for Outstanding Contribution to Contemporary Music Performance. Summer activities have included the Lucerne Festival Academy, the Pacific Music Festival, and biking down the coast of Taiwan. Kass also frequently performs with the Callithumpian Consort, one of Boston’s preeminent new music ensembles. By working with Boston-based non-profit Music for Food (a musician-led initiative for local hunger relief), Kass also commits to music as a means of social change, both through performance outreach and education.