Alden Cohen


Sponsored by Roger Knacke

Alden F. Cohen, a San Francisco native, is a professional free-lance double bassist in the San Francisco Bay Area. Mr. Cohen received his bachelor’s degree from the Peabody Conservatory of Music and his master’s degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Since 2004, Mr. Cohen has been on the San Francisco Symphony Double Bass substitute list and often performs with the symphony. Recently, he placed as a finalist for the Marin Symphony Principal Bass audition and co-won the Berkeley Symphony Assistant Principal Bass audition. In 2008, Mr. Cohen won the Santa Cruz County Symphony principal bass audition. He is also a contracted section bass member of the Napa Valley Symphony and Modesto Symphony. He has performed as Principal Bass for the Berkeley Symphony, Fresno Symphony, Napa Valley Symphony, Pacific Chamber Symphony, and San Francisco Lyric Opera.

As a soloist, Mr. Cohen performed with Stephen Tramontozzi, San Francisco Symphony Bassist, at the San Francisco Bass Bash in 2005. He has also performed with other free-lance double bassists for donor parties and other special events.
When not performing, Mr. Cohen teaches, both privately and publicly. One of his current students, Marcus Wong, won the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra bass audition at the age of 12. In 2011, Kyne Wong (Marcus's brother) was accepted into the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra.

Mr. Cohen is also an experienced musical arranger, publicist and music theory instructor. He has written a book called, Virtuoso Bass Skills for Double Bass Rookies, that is a compilation of original and borrowed bass techniques and famous melodies specially arranged for the double bass.

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Aleksey Klyushnik

Assistant Principal

Sponsored by Mary & Harry Blanchard

Aleksey Klyushnik enjoys a versatile career as solo, chamber and orchestral musician. As a soloist, Aleksey has given many recital performances around the US. In 2008, Aleksey won The Parness Concerto Competition and performed the Hoffmeister Double Bass Concerto with the Culver City Symphony. Aleksey was granted twice the Award of Merit from Leni FeBland Foundation in Santa Barbara, and won the third prize at Boston's Bay State Concerto Competition in 2010. 

As an active chamber musician Aleksey has collaborated with many artists such as André Watts, David Shifrin, Philip Setzer, Ransom Wilson, Paul Neubauer, Altenberg Trio Vienna, Peabody Trio, Robert Van Sice and many others. Aleksey was invited to Chamber Music Northwest for two consecutive summers as Protégé Project fellow. Also Aleksey has been a member of the Maestro Chamber Music Academy in Santa Monica, and has participated in the Yellow Barn Chamber Music Festival. 

As an orchestral musician Aleksey has been a participant of the Pacific, Verbier and Lucerne music festivals performing in venues throughout Europe, US and Japan. Aleksey has collaborated with many great conductors, some of which include Pierre Boulez, Valeriy Gergiev, Charles Dutoit, Andrew Davis, Mikhail Pletnev, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Zubin Mehta. In 2008, Aleksey was appointed the principal bass of the Opera Pacific Orchestra in Santa Ana, Orange County, a post he held until November 2008. In addition, Aleksey has performed regularly with several orchestras in Southern California, including the San Diego and Long Beach symphonies. 

Aleksey completed all of his studies on full scholarship. He holds both the Bachelor of Music degree and the Artist Diploma from the Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles, and the Master of Music degree from the Yale School of Music. 


Kelly Beecher

(Leave of Absence)

Sponsored by George & Elizabeth Bunch

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James Schulz

James Schulz is a bass player and educator throughout the greater Bay Area. He routinely plays with One Found Sound in San Francisco, Rogue Valley Symphony in Southern Oregon, Mendocino Music Festival, and recently won a section bass position in the Santa Cruz Symphony. He has subbed with Modesto, Stockton, Symphony Silicon Valley, Monterey, and other local symphonies. He doubles on electric bass, typically for musical theater. James teaches private lessons in the East Bay, and coaches bass sections in schools and youth orchestras throughout the area. He studied with Pat Klobas at CSU East Bay (2010), and Steve Tramontozzi at SFCM (2013).

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Plamen Velikov