Frank Diliberto, Principal Bass
When Frank is not on stage, you can generally find him on a horse. He and his wife, Judy, run the Double D Stables in Sherwood, a 21-acre boarding and training facility well known in the Northwest. Judy studies classical dressage, and Frank successfully shows cutting horses. “For me, the equestrian arts and symphonic arts are closely related in that my satisfaction comes from focusing on the spirit of both arts and in trying to center on that spirit,” says Frank.
Frank’s involvement with music began at the age of three, when his father enrolled him in music lessons. Music was something he was always successful with, and he began to play the bass at age 12. Now not only is he Principal Bass of the Oregon Symphony, but he also has served as its Resident and Assistant Conductor.
The Chicago native has been a member of the Chicago, Cincinnati, and Houston symphony orchestras, the Lyric Opera, Grant Park Symphony, and New Zealand Broadcasting Symphony. He has worked with many world-famous conductors: Sir Georg Solti, Leonard Bernstein, and Erich Leinsdorf, to name a few. He founded the New Zealand Jazz Orchestra, which was the focus of prime-time broadcasts in New Zealand, and was Music Director of an Ohio PBS broadcast, “As Snow Before a Summer Sun,” a documentary focusing on the book Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown.
Frank attended Northwestern University for undergraduate and graduate school. After receiving his master‘s degree, he studied at Tanglewood and at the International Congress of Strings, of which he was a faculty member for seven years. He has taught at the University of Montana, University of Akron, Northwestern University, and DePaul University.
Frank and his wife, Judy, have three daughters: Jamie, Gina, and Toni.
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