Associate Principal Double Bass
American-born Andrew Moon has been a member of the MSO’s double bass section since 1993. Growing up in Kansas City, Missouri his parents took the family to jazz concerts and he enjoyed hearing Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie, Sarah Vaughan, and Stan Getz among others. But it was upon hearing John Clayton, a bassist accomplished in both the worlds of jazz and orchestral music, that Andrew was inspired to study classical double bass.
Andrew graduated from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music with Honours and continued studies there and elsewhere. He has studied with Bruce Bransby, Stuart Sankey, Larry Wolfe, Charlie Haden, and Jack Kirstein.
Andrew has performed with the Kansas City Symphony, the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, the Cincinnati Ballet, the Indianapolis Ballet, the Charleston Symphony and the Hong Kong Philharmonic. He has appeared as a soloist with the Australian Pro Arte Orchestra and the MSO.
Which musical figures would you invite to your house for dinner? And what would you serve?
I would invite Leonard Bernstein, Red Mitchell (bass player, lyricist, composer and poet), William Preucil (Concertmaster of The Cleveland Orchestra) and my great-aunt (who I never met, but who was a concert pianist and taught at Julliard) and serve a selection of smoked ribs, smoked salmon, salad and fine red wine.
What is your greatest performance experience so far?
The MSO did Shostakovich’s Symphony No.4 with Alexander Lazarev in 2003, a performance that will haunt me to my death—very powerful. Also Sting and Harry Connick Jr,
How did you chose your instrument?
The instrument chose me, not the other way round. I was minding my own business and went to a jazz concert. One of the bass players did this great solo where he slipped into a Bach cello suite on the double bass. It turns out he was also principal bassist in the Royal Amsterdam Philharmonic. I didn’t want to play double bass but had little choice after that concert. It became an obsession.
When was the last time you attended a concert as part of the audience?
I attend many concerts each year but especially like the Sidney Myer Free Concerts at the Bowl.
What is your favourite place in the world to “just be”?
Outdoors in the wilderness – anywhere not too cold.
What are your favourite movies?
The Shawshank Redemption, Rat Race
Which book do you think everyone must read?
My next novel. I would be rich!