San Francisco Symphony's Larry Epstein comes from a long line of bassists

Larry Epstein (Courtesy photo)Larry Epstein (Courtesy photo)

Larry Epstein (Courtesy photo)Larry Epstein (Courtesy photo)

Centennial players

In honor of the San Francisco Symphony’s 100th season, The Examiner is showcasing contributors to the orchestra’s distinguished history.

Larry Epstein, bass

The associate principal bassist is the son and grandson of professional bassists. Raised in Florida, he played in big bands and small combos at Miami Beach hotels as a teen, also performing with his father in the Miami Philharmonic.

After graduating from the University of Miami and spending three summers at Tanglewood, he played with the Milwaukee Symphony and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg. A member of the San Francisco Symphony since 1975, Epstein also plays jazz, sometimes in clubs after symphony concerts.

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