Joseph Bongiorno is a graduate of The Juilliard School, where he was a student of Homer Mensch. A member of both the New York City Opera Orchestra and the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra for 20 years, he is also the principal double bassist of the Brooklyn Philharmonic and the American Composers Orchestra. He has served under the music direction of Lukas Foss, Dennis Russell Davies, Robert Spano, and Stephan Sloan.
During his career he has appeared as principal double bassist with American Ballet Theater, Opera Orchestra of New York, and the American Symphony, as well as the Spoleto Festival Orchestra. Mr Bongiorno has appeared as a guest artist in chamber music performances on the series of the Pierrot Consort, Maverick Concerts, Arbor Chamber Music, Norfolk/Yale Summer Chamber Festival, Spoleto Festival, North Country Chamber Players, and Bargemusic. He has recorded scores for over 50 films, albums, and television shows.
In 2008, Mr. Bongiorno was appointed to the full-time faculty of NYU’s Steinhardt School of Music.