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Bruce Ridge  |  Double Bass
The John C. and Margaret P. Parker Chair

Bruce Ridge
Doublebassist Bruce Ridge has been a member of the North Carolina Symphony since 1987. He began his professional career when he joined the Virginia Symphony at the age of 15. Mr. Ridge later studied at the Curtis Institute of Music and the New England Conservatory of Music where he graduated with Distinction in Performance honors. He has performed at Tanglewood, Interlochen, the Grand Teton Festival, and as a member of the faculty of the Eastern Music Festival.

A former member of the City of Raleigh Arts Commission, he is well-known throughout the country as an advocate for musicians and the arts. He is currently Chairman of the International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians (ICSOM) and he has also served as chair of the North Carolina Symphony Players’ Association. Believed to be just the second musician in an American orchestra to chair a Music Director Search, Mr. Ridge led the committee that brought Grant Llewellyn to the North Carolina Symphony.

As chairman of ICSOM, Mr. Ridge has been an international leader on issues affecting arts organizations and has met with countless orchestras across America, literally from San Juan to Honolulu. He has served as a faculty member for many sessions of the League of American Orchestras' "Orchestra Leadership Academy" as well as on the faculty for the League's music director search seminars. He has appeared as a guest speaker on the history of symphony orchestras in America at The Colburn School of Music in Los Angeles and Roosevelt University in Chicago.

In 2008, Mr. Ridge was invited by the Federation International des Musiciens to address the first International Orchestra Conference in Berlin, Germany. In March of 2009, he was invited to testify before Congress during a hearing on the Economic and Employment Impact of the Arts and Music Industry. His many articles on orchestral music and arts advocacy can be found in ICSOM's newsletter Senza Sordino (a musical term meaning "without mute") on the ICSOM website at His speeches and articles have been published in numerous countries, and he has been quoted in newspapers across the United States, as well as in the American Foreign Press.

In the North Carolina Symphony, Ridge performs on double basses made by Alfred Lamy in 1870 and Abraham Prescott, c.1822. He has also played the electric bass guitar and solo jazz bass on the Symphony’s Pops series.

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