Steve Metcalf joined the Colorado Symphony in 2017 as principal double bass, having previously performed with the San Diego Symphony and the San Antonio Symphony.
His music festival appearances include serving as principal bassist of the New York String Orchestra Seminar at Carnegie Hall, the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival in Germany, Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, and the Spoleto Festival in Charleston. Most recently, he was invited to play with the renowned Mainly Mozart festival in San Diego, but the festival was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Metcalf was born in Raleigh, North Carolina where he began his musical studies with North Carolina Symphony bassist Craig Brown. He went on to attend Indiana University where he studied under the instruction of Professor Emeritus, Lawrence Hurst, and received a Bachelor of Music. After graduating, he moved west to Los Angeles to continue his graduate studies with Peter Lloyd at the Colburn Conservatory, where he received both a Professional Studies Certificate and Master of Music degree. Steve maintains a small private studio of students.
In addition to performing and teaching orchestral repertoire, Metcalf is a multi-instrumentalist and enjoys arranging music for the guitar, mandolin, and double bass. He has recorded and filmed his arrangements of Vivaldi, J.S. Bach, Handel, Purcell, and Glière that can all be found online. He also loves to play chamber music and can be found performing outreach programs, solo, and chamber music throughout the Front Range.
Steve lives with his wife Skye and dog Kiwi in West Denver. Outside of his work with the orchestra, he likes to enjoy the merits of living in Colorado that include climbing, backcountry skiing, backpacking, and running ultramarathons in the mountains.