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Gonzalo Teppa, Double Bass

BM, MM, University of Colorado at Boulder

Gonzalo Teppa began to study music at the Vicente Emilio Sojo Conservatory in his home city Barquisimeto, Venezuela. In June of 1995, Mr. Teppa traveled to Spain to study with the renowned teacher Ludwig Streicher in Santander. In the fall of 1995, he finished the double bass program studies at the Simón Bolivar Conservatory in Caracas with Nestor Blanco. From 1991 to 1995, he was a member of the Symphony Orchestra of Lara in Venezuela, and in September of 1995, he joined the Simón Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela from EL SISTEMA. In 2002, Mr. Teppa enrolled at the University of Colorado at Boulder and obtained a Bachelor of Music in Double Bass Performance under the guidance of Paul Erhard.


 In 2007, Mr. Teppa finished the Master of Music in Jazz Studies and Double Bass Performance with Professor Mark Simon at the University of Colorado. In 2012, Teppa returned to the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra in Caracas Venezuela and toured to Colombia and Brazil with conductor Gustavo Dudamel.


In the Jazz genre, Teppa has performed with Wynton Marsalis, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Bobby Shew, Matt Wilson, Ed Simon, Chris Potter, Tom Harrell, Ron Miles, Art Lande, Slide Hampton, Don Byron, Jeremy Pelt, Otmaro Ruíz, Joel Frahm, Ben Goldberg, Rob Sudduth, Ches Smith, Shamie Royston, Kenny Wolleson, Mira Melford. Carla Kihlstedt, Ira Sullivan, Conrad Herwig, Jiggs Whigham, Nelson Rangel, Kate McGarry, Chip Stephens, Pat Bianchi, Luis Quintero, Calixto Oviedo, Natalie Cressman, Alison Miller, among others.


Moreover, Teppa has participated in outstanding Jazz Festivals such as the International Jazz Festival of Barquisimeto (2008-2010), the International University Jazz Festival of Manizales Colombia (2010), the Viña del Mar Festival (2010), the Niwot Jazz Festival Colorado (2014), Vail Jazz Festival Colorado (2015),  Estes Park Jazz Festival Colorado (2015). Teppa, along with bassist Roberto Koch established a double bass duet, which shared stage with flutist Dave Valentin at the International Jazz Festival of Barquisimeto 2010 and other venues. In April of 2003, he won the “Honor Competition Award” from the University of Colorado. In March of 2004, 2005 and 2006, Mr. Teppa won the “Best Jazz Soloist Awards” from Downbeat Magazine. In April of 2004 and 2005, he won the “Best Jazz Soloist Award” at the Greeley Jazz Festival in Colorado.


In 2014, Teppa was nominated for two Latin Grammys: “Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album” and “Best Latin Jazz Album”, for his participation on the recordings “Tiempo” by Linda Briceño; and “3rd Element” by Luisito Quintero respectively. A very active composer, Mr. Teppa has released five CD’s: “Designios”, “Travesias”, “Serpentina", “CONtrabajos de Aldemaro” and “Sinergia”, in which Mr. Teppa blended elements of Venezuelan music with different cultural influences of the world. Mr. Teppa participated with Venezuelan musicians such as Ilan Chester, Aldemaro Romero, Oscar D´ León, Otmaro Ruíz, Gualberto Ibarreto, Luis Quintero, Rafael Pollo Brito, Alfredo Naranjo, Aquiles Báez, Carlos “nene” Quintero, C4 trío, Silvio Arocha, Javier and Jorge Montilla, Biella Da Costa, Gerry Weil, Barquisimeto IV, Adolfo Herrera, Eddy Marcano, Rubén Rebolledo, Víctor Mesta, Marco Granado, Gustavo Carucí, Jorge Glem, Cesar Orozco, Alexis Cárdena, Omar Acosta, Nicolás Real, among others.


In 2015, Gonzalo Teppa was appointed as the Professor of the Double Bass Studio at the University of Wyoming at Laramie.