Donald Palma

Donald Palma

Bass

Donald Palma has an active career as a double bassist, conductor and educator. A native New Yorker, Don attended the Juilliard School and at the age of nineteen joined Leopold Stokowski’s American Symphony. As a member of the newly formed new music ensemble, Speculum Musicae, he went on to win the Naumburg Competition and secure management with Young Concert Artists. A founding member of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Don has toured the globe and recorded over fifty compact discs for Deutsche Grammophon, including the Grammy Award winning Stravinsky CD, Shadow Dances. Don has also been a member of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and was Principal Bass of the National Arts Centre Orchestra under Trevor Pinnock. He played principal bass for Leonard Bernstein on his recoding of West Side Story and was a featured artist on Kathleen Battle’s recording Grace. As a performer devoted to contemporary music he has played and conducted dozens of premieres and recordings of important works. Elliott Carter’s Figment III , Mario Davidovsky’s Synchronism No.11, Charles Wuorinen’s Spin-Off and Robert Ceely’s Harlequin are among the many works composed for him. He has conducted three critically acclaimed CDs of American music with the Odense Symphony in Denmark and his recent activities include conducting Ives Symphony No.2 and Strauss Four Last Songs with the Xalapa Symphony in Mexico, conducting/playing in concerts celebrating Mario Davidovsky’s 80th Birthday at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires and recording Stravinsky’s L’histoire du Soldat for the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival with Roger Waters narrating. He performs regularly with Orpheus in Carnegie Hall and is Music Director of the Symphony by the Sea in Beverly, MA. An active chamber musician, Don has appeared with the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society, the Da Camera Society and is a member of Mistral and the Walden Chamber Players. He also performs regularly at the Norfolk, Bridgehampton and White Mountains festivals. Don is on the faculty of the Yale School of Music and the New England Conservatory, where he directs the NEC Chamber Orchestra.