Marc Neihof is a virtuoso bassist with the rare ability to excel in two worlds: jazz and classical music. Originally from the Washington D.C. area, he began studying bass at age 12 with University of Maryland Professor Robert Gibson. Marc’s university training began at the Peabody Conservatory of Music and continued at the University of Miami, where he earned a degree in Music Performance under the tutelage of Lucas Drew. Marc returned to the D.C. area where he played with the Annapolis Symphony while honing his jazz skills with top East Coast musicians, as well as studying theory and ear training with renowned music scholar Asher Zlotnik.
After joining the Colorado Springs Symphony in 1993, Marc became an active force on the Colorado jazz scene. He has played or recorded with Arturo Sandoval, Herb Ellis, Ron Miles, Gene Bertoncini, Dave Valentine, Phil Berlin, George Colligan, Keith Oxman, and Joe Bonner. A beloved presence in Colorado’s musical circles, he has also achieved international renown, performing regularly in China as well as in Dubai and India. Marc teaches bass at Colorado College and the University of Colorado.
Mr. Neihof is available to teach double bass as well as electric bass students. Though he’s grounded in the classical and jazz traditions, his expertise extends to many styles of music. His teaching philosophy is based on catering to each student’s individual goals in music.