Richard Worn, double bassist, hails from what he intimately calls “the Deep South Bay” (Los Gatos, CA). He holds music degrees in double bass from California State University, Northridge and the New England Conservatory. He began composing while at Cal State Northridge, and he also had his first taste of concert production while satisfying a requirement for his degree. All three of his recitals at both institutions showed innovative programming and showcased at least one original new work.
While residing in Miami Beach for three years at an orchestral fellowship program in the early Nineties, Mr. Worn put on a short concert featuring his works from this period, which received enigmatic praise from the Miami Herald.
Upon his return to the Bay Area his orchestral career has included many services with the San Francisco Opera and Symphony. He is Assistant Principal Bass of the Marin Symphony, Principal Bass of the San Jose Chamber Orchestra and was Principal Bass of the New Century Chamber Orchestra under Music Director Krista Bennion Feeney. In 1996 he founded the Worn Chamber Ensemble dedicated to the performance of “modern” music mostly from 1945 and beyond. With the Worn Chamber he has performed works for both solo bass and ensemble by such composers as Andreissen, Cage, Donatoni, Harrison, Henze, Martin, Persichetti, Reveultas, Scelsi, Schuller, Varese, and Xenakis. The group has commissioned and premiered many works, as well as more extensive explorations of old Masters with Henze and Schuller mini-festivals.
As well as teaching and orchestral coaching at the University of California, Berkeley, Mr. Worn’s activities include premiering many pieces of both students and faculty alike in the Berkeley Contemporary Chamber Players and more recently the ECO Ensemble. He performs frequently with Other Minds and SF Sound, and has performed with the Empyrean Ensemble, Earplay, and Composer’s Inc.