JACK COUSIN became a member of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s double bass section in 1974 at the age of 21, under former Music Director Zubin Mehta. He was born in Boston, Massachusetts and began playing the double bass at the age of 12, studying with Anthony Bevivino, Principal of the Springfield Massachusetts Symphony. While in high school, Cousin was Principal Bass of the Greater Boston Youth Symphony. In 1969 the GYPSO was one of 12 youth orchestras invited to attend the first International Festival of Youth Orchestras in St. Moritz, Switzerland, where Cousin played under the baton of Leopold Stokowski.
Cousin attended the New England Conservatory, where he studied with Boston Symphony bassist Leslie Martin and Principal Bass Henry Portnoi. He also attended the Tanglewood and Temple Music festivals, where he studied with Philadelphia Principal Bass Roger Scott.
Throughout his career Cousin has performed internationally in numerous recitals, solo, and chamber music concerts, including the LA Phil’s Chamber Music Society and Green Umbrella new music series. Widely respected as a bass teacher throughout Southern California, he has taught extensively at the middle, high school, and college levels, and has participated in the LA Phil’s educational programs.
Jack Cousin is also an artist whose medium is fine woodworking. His beautiful, handcrafted, exotic-wood pens, “The Cremona Collection,” are sold at the LA PHIL Store at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Other stunning artisan gifts from his company can be found at encoreclassicaldesigns.com. He is married to musician/artist Andrea Comsky.