Joseph Holt

General Info



Particularly accomplished and passionate about orchestral playing, bassist Joseph Holt has performed 340 weeks with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, including tours to the U.S., Europe, and Asia, as well in Symphony Hall, Carnegie Hall, and at Tanglewood. He has played under the baton of virtually every renowned conductor of the last twenty years.

Recordings include works of Ravel (Haitink), Brahms Requiem (Levine), Ravel Daphnis et Chloe (Levine), and Schindler’s List (Williams). Performances with the Boston Pops Orchestra include numerous television appearances on Evening at Pops, national Christmas concert television broadcasts, six record albums (Lockhart, Williams), and the soundtrack for Saving Private Ryan. He is currently principal bass of the Portland Symphony Orchestra, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, Boston Classical Orchestra, and a member of the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra.

In addition to serving on the faculty of Boston Conservatory since 1997, Holt has taught at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute and has worked extensively with BSO education initiatives. A 1985 graduate of New England Conservatory, his principal teachers include Henry Portnoi, Edwin Barker, and William S. Vaughn.