Eleonore Oppenheim (bass) Eleonore Oppenheim (bass)

Bassist Eleonore Oppenheim is quickly gaining a reputation as both a valued ensemble player and an engaging soloist. She has been called “…quietly virtuosic” by New York Times critic Alan Kozinn, who also noted that she “…played with subtle expressivity.” Joshua Kosman of the San Francisco Chronicle observed that her performance was “…delivered…with particular eloquence,” and Steve Smith of the New York Times has alternately described her playing as “…warm, round…” and “…plaintive, flutelike…” A tireless champion of new music, Eleonore has built a rich repertoire of solo pieces commissioned from some of the most talented of today’s young composers. Equally at home in a variety of genres, she has performed with a wide range of groups including the Philip Glass Ensemble, “all-star, all-female quintet” (Time Out NY) Victoire, Tyondai Braxton, the Wordless Music Orchestra, Signal Ensemble, Meredith Monk, the pioneering indie rock band the Instruments, and others. Eleonore was a Bang on a Can Fellow in 2006, where she met many of the musicians and composers she now collaborates with. She is currently pursuing a Doctoral degree at SUNY Stony Brook, where she also teaches applied double bass to undergraduate students. She is an alumna of the Yale School of Music and the Juilliard School.