Matt Zory head shot

Matthew Zory, Jr.

Instrument: Bass

Education: Oscar Zimmerman, Orin O'Brien

Hometown: New York

Current neighborhood: Wyoming, Ohio

Joined the CSO in 1993

Favorite orchestral work: Love playing symphonies by Mahler and Sibelius.

Hobbies: Photography; now working on making platinum palladium prints.

Funniest concert memory: Owen Lee and I were playing a piece of Krzysztof Penderecki’s that called for very loud col legno (tapping the string with the wood of the bow) and Owen got pretty enthusiastic and his bow snapped in half. Ok, now that I think about it, maybe not so funny but at the time…hilarious and quite a surprise.

Where is the strangest place you’ve practiced?

1) Moving to Cincinnati from San Diego I was driving through Utah and came across an abandoned, roofless adobe shack —perhaps it was in the Capitol Reef area. Not sure why, but I got the urge to get my bass out and play in it and so I did.

2) I was starting to freelance in NYC and got my first BIG call. It was a gig in the Metropolitan Opera House with a visiting ballet company. Well…I didn’t know my way around the building and neither did the 3 dancers I entered with. We ended up getting locked in a stairwell and had to break break through a glass door to escape. This was in the early ’80’s—way before security cameras and all that business. Barely made the rehearsal on time.

How can the Orchestra make the world a better place? A live concert is its own organism, encouraging and allowing us to meditate, look inward and explore universal feelings in a communal, arguably church-or-temple-like setting.