Joseph Holt, a bassist who is particularly accomplished in and passionate about orchestral playing, has performed 340 weeks with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, including tours in the United States, Europe, and Asia, as well as performances at Symphony Hall, Carnegie Hall, and Tanglewood. He has played under the baton of virtually every renowned conductor of the last 20 years.
Recordings include works of Ravel (Haitink), Brahms's Requiem (Levine), Ravel's Daphnis et Chloé (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. Holt is currently principal bass of the Portland Symphony Orchestra, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, and 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 Boston Symphony Orchestra education initiatives. A 1985 graduate of New England Conservatory, his principal teachers include Henry Portnoi, Edwin Barker, and William S. Vaughn.