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Xavier Foley, double bass


Xavier Foley, bassist, was First Prize winner of the 2014 Sphinx Competition, the Young Concert Artists Auditions 2016, and a winner of the Astral Artists National Auditions 2014. As such, he has appeared as soloist with the Sphinx and Atlanta symphony orchestras, Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Nashville Symphony. He made his Carnegie Hall solo debut with the Sphinx Virtuosi, with which he was also soloist on East and West coast tours. This season he appears in several concerts with the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players, the Impromptu concert series, and the St. Vincent College concert series. The First Prize winner of the 2009 (Junior Division) and 2011 (Senior Division) International Society Bassist Competition, he performed in Carnegie Hall as principal bass of the New York String Seminar Orchestra.

Also a composer, he is a 2016 graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied both composition and performance with Edgar Meyer and Hal Robinson. Xavier Foley strives to become a world artist on the double bass as he continues to incorporate all styles of music, whether it be cultural, national, or folk music.

"...a musician who hears borders between styles as limitations best ignored."

-Philadelphia Inquirer

Xavier Foley, double bass; Eunice Kim, violin; Sejoon Park, piano

Friday, January 25, 2019 - 7:30 PM

American Philosophical Society, Benjamin Franklin Hall
427 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

The Program

Bach: Prelude and Fugue in C Major from The Well-Tempered Clavier — Book I, BWV 846 [Arr.]
Mozart: Violin Sonata in E Minor, K. 304 [Arr.]
Schubert: Sonata in A Minor, D. 821, Arpeggione
FoleyThe Spirit of the Ice Bear, for Violin and Double Bass [Phila. Premiere]
BottesiniGran Duo Concertante


Visit the Society's blog to read our interview with Xavier Foley.

No old concerts

Philadelphia Inquirer

“...a musician who hears borders between styles as limitations best ignored.”

New York Times

“...brilliant bass player...”

DC Metro Theater Arts

“His visceral approach to performing is accompanied here by the dazzling acrobatic skill of his fingers over the entire neck of his instrument: one of the high points of a strong season...”

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