With the RPO since: Fall of 2008
Favorite time of year in Rochester: I really like the summer- the weather is nice and warm.
Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana.
What drink are you most likely to order at Java's? Coffee.
When not performing with the RPO, you can find me playing jazz, drums, organ, piano, bamboo flute, and taking a break from all these instruments by biking, playing golf, and snowboarding!
My first music-related memory is taking piano lessons and NOT enjoying it very much!
I decided to be a professional musician when I heard my first Chicago Symphony concert.
Favorite travel destination: Amsterdam.
Influential teachers: Lawrence Hurst, Bruce Bransby, Al Laszlo, Peter Hansen, Bob Goodlett, and I am constantly learning stuff from my colleagues in the RPO
Favorite ice cream flavor: I like 'em all!
What are your other "hidden" talents? Jazz (although I try not to keep it hidden - come to my gigs!), composing, and dabbling around on the electric bass.
Do you teach private students? I love to teach and I am always looking for students.
What other orchestras have you performed with? Minnesota Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, Detroit Symphony, and the Louisiana Philharmonic.
What types of music do you like to listen to? I like to listen to SO many composers, from Bach to Schoenberg, also all kinds of modern jazz from Chick Corea to Sun Ra.
Do you have a pet? I might be getting a cat soon!
The RPO is essential to Rochester because it provides the city with an unparalleled cultural institution, as well as providing resources and educational opportunities for the next generation of professional classical musicians.
My favorite part of working in the RPO is working with my colleagues in the bass section
If someone were visiting Rochester, what would you tell them to go see or do? See the RPO, of course!
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Colin Corner is currently Principal Bass with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, following a two-year appointment as section bass in the Minnesota Orchestra. Previously, Colin served as Associate Principal Bass in the Vancouver Symphony and Assistant Principal and section bass in the Louisiana Philharmonic in New Orleans. Mr. Corner received First Place in the 2003 International Society of Bassists Orchestral Competition, which led to a one-week internship with the Detroit Symphony, and he received Third Place in the same competition in 2001. Colin was also a recipient of the Interlochen Double Bass Class Studio Award in 1997, which has since been renamed the Colin Corner Bass Award in his honor. Corner was a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy and received his Bachelor's Degree from Indiana University, where he studied with Lawrence Hurst. He is currently on the double bass faculty at the Hochstein School in Rochester, NY, and teaches double bass for the Eastman School of Music Orchestral Studies Diploma program. He enjoys playing jazz, composing, and exploring early music and historical bass in his spare time.