B i o g r a p h y
Double bassist Brent Edmondson is an active performer in the Philadelphia area as well as a touring artist. Brent currently serves as the Principal Bass of the Lancaster Symphony and the Pennsylvania Philharmonic, Section Bass of the Delaware Symphony. Brent has performed and toured extensively as a substitute with The Philadelphia Orchestra in the US and Asia since 2014.
When not performing with symphonies, Brent is on tour as bassist with The Rock Orchestra by Candlelight, where he is also responsible for contracting US musicians. This elite ensemble performs over 100 concerts annually in the UK, Europe, and the United States. TRO regularly sells out 3000 seat theaters performing high-energy arrangements of rock and metal on amplified orchestral instruments.
He previously held positions with the Annapolis Symphony, Beaumont Symphony, Atlantic Symphony, Mercury Orchestra, and Waltham Philharmonic.
Recent performances include the Philadelphia Ballet, Opera Philadelphia, Bach Choir of Bethlehem, No Name Pops, Baltimore Symphony, and other ensembles throughout the country.
Brent is currently the Orchestra Manager for the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra, where he also performs on bass. The BPCO and founder Jeri Lynne Johnson have been on the vanguard of creating an ensemble that reflects the diversity of its community, presenting dynamic and innovative concerts in both concert halls and community spaces.
Brent received his Masters degree from Boston University with Edwin Barker, principal bass of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. His other teachers include Hal Robinson, principal bass of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Eric Larson of the Houston Symphony, Rob Kesselman of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and Ranaan Meyer of the trio Time for Three.
Brent is a composer, arranger, and creator of film scores. His works have been performed by the Pennsylvania Philharmonic, as well as members of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, Winnipeg Symphony, and others.
Brent composes and produces music with John Lilley and Dan Gallery through the group JBD MusicWorks. The trio scored Terroir Redux by director John Charles Jopson of Dirty Poet Films. In 2023, JBD MusicWorks and the Pennsylvania Philharmonic collaborated to create a multimedia work called Life in Exposition of Water as part of a year-long music education program focused on ecological conservation.
Brent owes his film scoring career to the mentorship and patronage of the Blair Brothers, for whom he has recorded since 2016. He received his first film scoring credit on the film The Virtuoso featuring Anthony Hopkins. His compositions and bass player can be heard on #1 Netflix true crime series Night Stalker, and the forthcoming films Toxic Avenger and Marmalade.
As a composer for double bass, Brent has created a number of arrangements for bass duet and bass quartet, including works by Shostakovich, Piazzolla, Nino Rota, Phillip Glass, and Wagner. Inquire about them at the Contact Page.
Brent's arrangement of the Koussevitzky Bass Concerto for string orchestra and harp is available for rental via the Contact Page.