Lawrence Wolfe joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra's bass section in 1970, the orchestra's
youngest member at that time; and was named assistant principal bass of the Boston Symphony
Orchestra and principal bass of the Boston Pops Orchestra during the 1981-82 season.
A graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music, Mr. Wolfe studied double bass with
William Curtis, Leslie Martin and Gary Karr. As a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, he
was awarded the Albert Spalding Prize for the most promising and outstanding instrumentalist
and is a faculty member of Boston University, New England Conservatory of Music, and the
Boston Conservatory of Music. Represented on Titanic Records by his CD, "Lawrence Wolfe,
Double Bass," Mr. Wolfe has appeared as soloist at Carnegie Recital Hall, Jordan Hall in Boston,
Kilbourne Hall in Rochester, and at Symphony Hall, where he has been soloist with the Boston
Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Pops Orchestra. He has been a soloist with the Boston
Pops Orchestra with Keith Lockhart and John Williams conducting.
He was a judge and performed with his wife, soprano Pamela Wolfe at the International Double
Bass competition on the Isle of Man in England. At the invitation of the Australian String
Teachers Association, Mr. Wolfe toured the major cities of Australia, performing in recital and
teaching master classes. At the 1988 convention of the International Institute of the String Bass
in Los Angeles he was a recitalist, judge and arranger: at Disneyland he conducted an ensemble
of eighty bass players in his own arrangements of Disney tunes. He has also performed his
arrangements for double basses on NBC’s Today show, and his arrangements and compositions
for orchestra have been performed by the Boston Pops Orchestra and the Boston Pops Esplanade
Orchestra. He has also conducted concerts with the North Shore Philharmonic Orchestra and the
Boston Radio Orchestra.
As Music Director of the James Library Center for the Arts, (Norwell, MA) he has brought the
Boston area’s top vocalists and instrumentalists to the South Shore for consistently sold-out
As a composer, Mr. Wolfe has numerous popular songs and four musicals to his credit. Ronald
Feldman conducted the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra in the premiere of his overture,
Freefall, and John Williams conducted the Boston Pops Orchestra in the premiere of his Trumpet
Concerto, with Boston Pops principal trumpet Tim Morrison as soloist. He was commissioned
by the Masterworks Chorale of Boston to compose a celebratory piece for chorus and orchestra,
and, using the poetry of Walt Whitman, composed Prophecy and Joy. Recent compositions
include Wildfire, a work for solo bass trombone and concert band, performed by Boston
Symphony bass trombonist Douglas Yeo with the University of Washington Concert Band.
Another trombone work, Variations on #5, was recently performed by the Tokyo Trombone
Ensemble. Mr. Wolfe’s composition Blues and Rondo recently won top prize in the British
Trombone Society’s composition contest. Blues and Rondo became the last two movements of
Rhapsody for Trombone and Concert Band, performed extensively by BSO principal trombonist
Ron Barron. Lawrence Wolfe collaborated again with Douglas Yeo on his recently issued CD
with the composition Tryptich. Suite Dreams, a composition for actor and orchestra, was
premiered by the Boston Symphony Orchestra with Robert Spano conducting and Nancy
Hoffmann as soloist. Suite Dreams has recently been performed by the Montreal Symphony
Orchestra, the Quebec Symphony Orchestra, San Antonio Symphony, the New World Symphony
with Richard Hoenich conducting, and again by the Boston Symphony Orchestra with Keith
Lockhart conducting. Scenes from an Opera for double bass and orchestra was commissioned
and premiered this past June by Corbin Johnston at the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival,
Kenneth Nafziger conducting.
Mr. Wolfe is proudest of his students: many are now in professional orchestras, others have
become university professors and he has high hopes for the current members of his studio!