John Feeney is principal double bass of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the American Classical Orchestra, and Opera Lafayette. A chamber musician and soloist of international renown, he is a frequent guest with the Smithsonian Chamber Players, The Four Nations Ensemble, and Artek. He won first prize in the international Concert Artists Guild and Zimmerman-Mingus competitions, and was a medalist-prizewinner in the Geneva and Isle of Man competitions.
His 2010 world-premiere performance of Dragonetti’s Concerto in D with the American Classical Orchestra was hailed by The New York Times as "a skilled, passionate performance … played with flair." In 2009, John founded the DNA Quintet, recording and publishing the premieres of chamber music by Domenico Dragonetti. The Strad praised the “accurate, muscular and impressively controlled playing of John Feeney” and declared the recording “an important disc ... I recommend it with enthusiasm.”
An avid Viennese violonist, John co-founded the Serenade Orchestra and the Serenade Quartet in 2010, both featuring music from 18th- and 19th-century Vienna. He has recorded extensively for most major record labels and can be heard on the soundtracks of many major films. John holds bachelor's and master's degrees from The Juilliard School where he was a scholarship student of David Walter.
Photo credit Paul Goode
Get to Know John
Where are we most likely to find you when you’re not playing?
It is most unlikely that you would find me. But perhaps in our kitchen, or the hills, or the beach.
Describe the perfect place and perfect day in New York City.
The DiMenna Center for Classical Music really feels like home now—and we are so fortunate to have it! But my architectural mistress is Carnegie Hall, which is my favorite place in NYC. A perfect day in New York would have good weather, no traffic either in or out of the city, and a truly great concert at Carnegie.
What is your favorite place that you’ve traveled?
I love the Caribbean and had the good fortune of experiencing it many times throughout my youth, when it was exotic and unspoiled. The music there made a big impression on me: homemade instruments played with such fervor, and beautiful singing.