Bassist Jeffrey Weisner is active in a variety of musical roles as orchestral musician, soloist, chamber musician, and new music advocate. He has been a member of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, DC since 1995, and also performed with the San Francisco Symphony for their entire 2003-2004 season. In 2005, he joined the faculty of the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, MD, where he teaches orchestral performance and maintains a private teaching studio. From 1995-2007 he was the bassist of the Eclipse Chamber Orchestra.
Mr. Weisner is a strong advocate for new music and has commissioned works from leading composers. In 2007, he commissioned and premiered a major new solo double bass work by internationally renowned composer Michael Hersch. This work, Caelum Dedecoratum, was subsequently performed on solo recitals at Peabody as well as at Merkin Recital Hall in New York City. Other recent commissions include new works for bass by DC-based composer Armando Bayolo and Baltimore’s David Smooke. In 2002 he commissioned a concerto for double bass and orchestra from composer Tom Schnauber; the resulting work, Alba and Ostinato, was premiered by Weisner with the Annapolis Chamber Orchestra.
As a chamber musician, Weisner has performed in a variety of local venues including the Austrian Embassy and on a variety of NSO-sponsored chamber series. In 2010 he was invited to perform three concerts at the Chesapeake Chamber Music festival in Easton, MD. He presented a chamber recital on the Sylvia Adalman Concert series at Peabody in 2008 featuring among other works the Piano Quintet of Kevin Puts with the composer at the piano.
Upcoming projects include a major recording scheduled for release in 2013 which will include the world premiere recording of the double bass version of Arvo Part’s seminal 1978 work Spiegel im Spiegel, and a collaborative effort with the Peabody Conservatory Composition Department to create new bass ensemble works.
Weisner attended Boston University, where he studied with Lawrence Wolfe and Ed Barker. He later studied under Harold Robinson at the Peabody Conservatory, where he received his Masters’ Degree. He has been a member of the New World Symphony and the Delaware Symphony.