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Sydney Symphony Orchestra Appoints New Double Bassist

Dylan Holly has joined the orchestra as a tutti double bass player


Double bassist Dylan Holly commenced his trial in this role with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra (SSO) in March 2023. With the SSO, he will play in five rehearsals a week, and three to four concerts per week — performing in at least 40 of the SSO’s 46-week concert season.

Born in Arizona, Holly began playing the double bass at age 15. He attended the Tucson Jazz Institute and Northern Arizona University, where he studied classical and jazz music with Chris Finet. 

He also earned a master’s degree in classical double bass at the Manhattan School of Music (MSM) with Jeremy McCoy. 

Holly has performed with the San Diego Symphony, Brooklyn Chamber Orchestra, Harlem Chamber Players, and Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra, plus recorded Franck’s Violin Sonata as part of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s mentorship program.

As a jazz musician, he has appeared on numerous recordings dating from his time in New York City. Recently, he performed with the Hugh Masekela Scholars band as part of the 2023 Jazz Education Network Conference.

Additionally, Holly is a folk singer, songwriter, and harmonica player, and has released two albums, including “Day in the Life of a Fool” in 2022.

“We are thrilled to announce the permanent appointment of Dylan Holly,” the SSO posted on Facebook.

“I feel as though I should say that I feel proud of this achievement, but to be honest, it feels very much the same as anything else I am doing,” Holly told MSM on his new role. “I am excited to go and fascinated by the unknown possibilities that it will lead to, and I count myself very fortunate to have this opportunity.”

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