Bassist Christian Kollgaard has been a member of Pacific Symphony since 1985. A New York native, Kollgaard attended the Eastman School of Music, studying under double bass legend Oscar Zimmerman and playing under conductors and composers Aaron Copland, Pierre Boulez, David Zinman and Gustav Meyer. The late 1970s to early 1980s were spent in Europe, first as a graduate student at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama, then as a member of the Oslo Philharmonic in Norway playing under the renowned Latvian conductor Maris Jansons.
In 1983 Kollgaard relocated to Southern California and began a freelance career in the Los Angeles recording world as well as working as a symphonic musician. He has been a past member of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the Long Beach Symphony, the Pasadena Symphony and the Academy Awards Orchestra. He has over one thousand film scores to his credit, beginning with 1985’s “Out of Africa” and including such films as “Titanic,” “Back to the Future,” “Indiana Jones,” and “Star Wars Episode VII.” He can be heard on recordings from such diverse artists as Prince, Madonna, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. However, as an orchestra member for the last 31 years, he considers the Pacific Symphony his “number one” musical home!