Roger Wagner, Bass

Photo: Jim Graham

New York bassist Roger Wagner enjoys a diverse career which now spans over 30 years. As soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral bassist, Mr. Wagner has appeared on many of the world’s great concert stages. Born in Honolulu Hawaii, he played the violin before switching to the double bass at the age of 13. He later went on to study at the Juilliard School with famed teachers Homer Mensch and David Walter. In 1985, Mr. Wagner was appointed Solo Bassist with the Munich Chamber Orchestra, an ensemble with whom he toured extensively throughout Europe and Asia. Early professional experiences include work with the Filarmonica de las Americas based in Mexico City, and two tours with Camerata Helvetia of St. Gallen Switzerland. As a freelance musician in New York and the Tri-state area, he has appeared with numerous ensembles including The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, The Orchestra of St. Ignatius Loyola, The Oratorio Society of New York Orchestra, Musica Sacra, New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theater, American Modern Ensemble, Philarmonia Virtuosi, The Jupiter Symphony, Stamford Symphony, Brooklyn Symphony, and the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic. He has played on several Major Motion picture soundtracks as well as many classical recordings on both sides of the Atlantic. Mr. Wagner’s double bass was built by Henry Lockey Hill of London in the year 1787.