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Jack Cousin


About this Artist

Jack Cousin became a member of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Double Bass section in 1974 at the age of 21, under then Music Director Zubin Mehta. One of the longest-standing members of the orchestra in its history, Mr. Cousin has played with the Philharmonic for 50 years.

He was born in Boston and began playing bass at the age of 12, studying with Springfield Massachusetts Symphony Principal Bass, Anthony Bevivino. While in high school, Mr. Cousin was Principal Bass of the Greater Boston Youth Orchestra. In 1969, he performed with the International Youth Orchestra in St. Moritz, Switzerland, where he played under the baton of Leopold Stokowski.

Mr. Cousin attended the New England Conservatory, where he studied with Boston Symphony bassist Leslie Martin and Principal Bass Henry Portnoy. He also participated in the Tanglewood Festival and Temple Music Festival, where he studied with Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Bass, Roger Scott.

Throughout his career, Mr. Cousin has performed internationally in numerous recitals, solo, and chamber music concerts, including the LA Phil’s Chamber Music and Green Umbrella series. Widely respected as a bass teacher throughout Los Angeles and Orange County, he has taught extensively at the middle school, high school, and university levels, and has taught in the LA Phil’s educational programs.

Jack Cousin is also a renowned fine art woodworker, whose beautiful hand-carved exotic wood art is collected and sold throughout the world. He is playing on a double bass that he made himself. He is married to musician/artist Andrea Comsky.