Marco Behtash

Profesor de contrabajo

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Marco Behtash is a proud SF Bay Area native, born in Berkeley, California, to Italian and Iranian parents.

He is currently Principal bass with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, which he joined in 2016 as Sub-principal bass. 
From September 2024 he joins the forces of the Teatro Real and the Orquesta Sinfonica de Madrid as Contrabajo Solista.

Marco started playing the double bass at age 14, guided by Shinji Eshima of the San Francisco Opera. He then continued his studies at the San Francisco Conservatory with Scott Pingel and Steve Tramontozzi, and later at Guildhall School in London with Rinat Ibragimov and Luis Cabrera, earning his masters degree in 2014.

Marco has collaborated with several leading orchestras worldwide, including the Royal Concertgebouw (graduating the RCO’s academy programme in 2015), the London Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Netherlands Philharmonic and Chamber Orchestras, among others. His chamber music activity includes regular appearances at the Molyvos International Music Festival as well as projects with Trio Isimsiz, Amitié Music Project Tokyo, Klassik Novum Dresden, 12 Ensemble…
In Feb 2024 Marco featured as soloist at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in a world premiere of the Grammy-winning concerto ‘Dark with Excessive Bright’ for double bass, by Missy Mazzoli.

Some of his happiest musical highlights have featured artists such as Bernard Haitink, Joyce DiDonato, Marc Minkowski, Christian Zacharias, Janine Jansen, Dimitri Hvorostovski, Gordan Nikolic, Ermonela Jaho, Lars Vogt, Bryn Terfel, Leonidas Kavakos, Antonio Pappano, Valery Gergiev, Garrick Ohlsson, Semyon Bychkov, Joseph Celleja, Anna Netrebko…

In addition to playing Marco also enjoys an active teaching career: he is also a professor of double bass at the Guildhall School of Music in London, and appears regularly as a guest in masterclasses worldwide.

He usually performs on his Devereaux bass made in London ca. 1830.

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