~ Double Bass
Professional Bio ~ Audio & Video
John Tuck is a member of the Lake Forest Symphony, assistant principal bass of the Northwest Indiana Symphony and assistant principal bass of the Des Moines Metro Opera summer festival. He is also a founding member of both the
Amadeus Consort, which maintains an active Baroque chamber music series - and
Tiempo Tango which performs traditional Argentine tango.
He has performed with the Chicago Symphony, Saint Louis Symphony, Chicago Philharmonic, Chicago Chamber Orchestra, Chicagoland Pops Orchestra, Mannheim Steamroller and the Three Tenors. His musical theater experience includes productions at Northlight Theater, Drury Lane Theater, Wagon Wheel Theater (IN) and Peninsula Players Theater (WI), Mr. Tuck has been a fellowship recipient at the Aspen Music Festival and has been
invited as a participant to Spoleto Festival USA, Festival dei due Mondi (Italy) and the Woodstock Mozart Festival.
John Tuck received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Northwestern University School of
Music and has taught double bass at Northwestern University's Summer High School Music Institute,
Mr. Tuck has maintained a studio of private students since 1989, has
coached sectionals for numerous youth orchestras and has given
master classes at several universities. John is currently on faculty
at the Music Institute of Chicago and is the artistic director of the Amadeus Consort.
From of the
Amadeus Consort chamber series at "Shrine of Christ the King",
these are a few choice excerpts of a rather well know duet,
usually performed on Violin and Violoncello. The
violinist is a wonderful friend, Robert Hanford of the Lyric Opera
This is a video of a performance I did with my good friend Edward
Pulgar, a violinist currently playing with the Knoxville Symphony
Orchestra. This performance was from one of the free chamber concerts
we all volunteered to give during the Des Moines Metro Opera summer festival.
Christian Crans, the accompanist, was a rehearsal pianists and assistant conductor for the opera and was gracious
enough to fit some rehearsal time in with us, adding to his
already heavy opera rehearsal schedule.
This video is from a recital celebrating the
musical compositions of my colleague Crawford Gates, just prior to him moving away from Beloit,
Wisconsin, where he had lived for almost 40 years. Crawford had
invited me to come out to Janesville (near Beloit) to perform a
movement from a piece he had written for me a number of years
earlier. Dr. Gates is the pianist in this video, which was
also the only time I have had the honor of performing the piece
From one of Amadeus Consort's
chamber concerts at "Shrine of Christ the King", this
clip is from a movement of a Karl Stamitz Sonata with Sheila
Hanford playing violin. The cello part has been mildly edited to
to lay well for the bass.
Here is another sample
of the video taken at the 2007 concert appearance of Amadeus
Consort at the Drake. This music is by Benjamin
Britten and is titled "Simple Symphony". It is a
charming and delightful piece, full of youth and vigor - and
no one no one except maybe Britten himself would ever honestly
characterize this piece as "simple".