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Double Bass


Rex Surany is the Principal Bassist of The Metropolitan Opera in New York City, and is on the double bass faculty at The Juilliard School. His musical education began with piano lessons when he was 7 years old. After two years, he switched exclusively to the double bass with Robert Peterson of Trenton, New Jersey. In 2002, upon completing the Vance Progressive Repertoire with Peterson, Rex proceeded to study Rabbath Method with Nicholas Walker, professor of double bass at Ithaca College, and joined the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra under the direction of maestro Joseph Primavera. In 2006, Rex attended The Colburn School in Los Angeles, where he studied with David Allen Moore and Paul Ellison. After a year of study, he was admitted to the Curtis Institute of Music, where, in addition to focusing on double bass performance with Harold Robinson and Edgar Meyer, he pursued his interests in composing, transcribing, and arranging that continue today. In May 2012, Rex joined the New York Philharmonic as a temporary member. During this time, he traveled to Berlin to learn more about the Berlin Philharmonic’s playing traditions, and to study German bow technique with Janne Saksala and Matthew McDonald; BPO's first principal bassists. In 2014 Rex joined the Metropolitan Opera as a section player, and after a year, he won the principal position, the position he currently holds. Rex has been awarded numerous accolades in both solo and orchestral playing. In June of 2009, he was awarded 2nd prize of the International Society of Double bassists Orchestral Competition. During the following summer, he won 3rd prize of the 2010 Bradetich Foundation International Solo Competition. And in 2011, Rex was the 2nd prize-winner at the ISB Solo Competition. Rex has also performed professionally with many orchestras including the Classical Tahoe Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, American Ballet Theatre, Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Haddonfield Symphony. He has given Recitals and Master classes at University of Southern California, Ithaca College, Curtis Institute, Brigham Young University, and Fort Lewis College.