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BA New England Conservatory of Music MA University of Kansas
Bass, Cello, Violin, Viola, Piano, Guitar

Oswald Prentiss Backus V is a highly accomplished double bassist renowned for his outstanding musical performances and impressive collaborations. He earned his BA in Classical Bass Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music in 2008 and completed the Double Bass Performance Program at Boston University Tanglewood Institute in 2004. Oswald further enriched his musical knowledge by obtaining an MA in Music from the University of Kansas in 2016.

Notably, Oswald has had the privilege of performing alongside esteemed artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Victor Wooten, members of the Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and San Diego Symphony. His talent and skill as a double bassist have also led him to be part of prestigious recordings, including Gil Shaham’s recording of Dvorak’s Violin Concerto.

Throughout his career, Oswald has showcased his versatility and expertise by holding various positions in prestigious orchestras like the New Mexico Philharmonic, Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, and the Wichita Grand Opera, among others.

With an unwavering dedication to excellence in his craft, Oswald P. Backus V continues to leave a profound impact on the world of classical music, captivating audiences and fellow musicians alike with his exceptional performances.

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