Steven Edelman has served as principal bass for Pacific Symphony since 1983. Born in Hollywood, his first significant musical opportunity came when he joined the American Youth Symphony led by conductor Mehli Mehta. At 18, he joined the Pasadena Symphony under the esteemed maestro, Hans Werner Lert. At 19 he began a trilogy as assistant principal with the Phoenix Symphony under Maestro Eduardo Mata, section performer with the Kansas City Symphony under Jorge Mester and section performer with San Diego Symphony.
Back in Los Angeles, at 23, he worked for Los Angeles Master Chorale with Roger Wagner, Valley Symphony with Elmer Bernstein, San Gabriel Symphony with Giora Bernstein, Glendale Symphony with Carmen Dragon, American Ballet Theater, Joffrey and Bolshoi Ballets to name a few, and too many Broadway shows to mention. Elmer Bernstein gave him an opportunity in the studios by seating him with a bassist who was a member of Arturo Toscanini's famous NBC Symphony Orchestra. Edelman speaks of this as “trial by fire.”
Edelman is fortunate to have a long track record working on hundreds of movies, records and all sorts of commercial recordings. In addition to the recordings, he was an original member of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra under John Mauceri, and he spent 20 years with Opera Pacific’s acclaimed John DeMain. Edelman is most proud of his work on more than a dozen movies with John Williams who was instrumental in bringing us our own Carl St.Clair.