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A member of the bass section in his 40th year (2014/15 season), JOHN B. SCHIAVO has been married for 46 years and has two children (one deceased) and four grandchildren, with a fifth on the way.
A graduate of Alhambra High School in 1963, Schiavo received a full-tuition scholarship to Juilliard, where he succeeded Gary Karr as the principal bass in the Juilliard Orchestra.
Schiavo has performed solos on radio, television, and in front of a capacity audience in the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City, Utah. He performed with the Cincinnati Symphony, Opera, and Pops with Max Rudolf, Thomas Schippers, James Levine, and Erich Kunzel prior to joining the LA Phil in 1975, where he has performed under the direction of Zubin Mehta, Carlo Maria Giulini, André Previn, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and Gustavo Dudamel.
He has published several arrangements for bass and piano, including Rossini’s William Tell Overture, the Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 by Franz Liszt, Aram Khachaturian’s “Sabre Dance,” Paganini’s “Perpetual Motion,” and most recently, the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto.
One of Schiavo’s many memorable moments with the LA Phil was a Mediterranean cruise with Zubin Mehta, during which he toured Rome with Eddie and Margot Albert and saw the place where Roman Holiday, starring Audrey Hepburn, was filmed.