Steve Benne is principal double bassist with the Knoxville Symphony and Chamber Orchestras. Before coming to Knoxville, he performed with the New American Chamber Orchestra, based first in Detroit and then in Granada, Spain. In Europe, Steve has performed at the Grec Festival, the Korsholm Music Festival, the Priory of Chirens Chamber Music Festival, and the Uppsala Festival. In the U.S., Steve has performed with the Florida International Festival, the Aspen Music Festival, and the Grand Teton Music Festival. He was one of the consortium soloists to premier the Harbison Concerto for the Bass Viol with the Knoxville Symphony.
Steve’s teachers include Lawrence Hurst, Stuart Sankey, and Murray Grodner. He plays a Cremonese bass made in 1683 by Aegidius Barzellini.