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Gonzalo Teppa

Lecturer, Double Bass
PA 3044
(720) 633-0237 | gonteppa@gmail.com

Gonzalo Teppa began to study music at an early age (8) at the Vicente Emilio Sojo Conservatory in his home state of Lara, Venezuela. There he studied with Carmen Alvarado, who chose him as soloist for the Choir of the State of Lara in Venezuela. Mr. Teppa began to study the Double Bass with Luís Guillermo Pérez and in June of 1995 traveled to Spain to study for that summer with the renowned teacher Ludwig Streicher in the city of Santander. In the fall of 1995, he returned to Caracas where he continued and finished his double bass studies at the Simon Bolivar Conservatory with the bass teacher Nestor Blanco. From 1991 to 1995, he was a member of the Symphony Orchestra of the State of Lara in Venezuela and in September of 1995 joined the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra, with which he played with for seven years; orchestras that where guided by the maestro José Antonio Abreu who created "El Sistema." In 2002, he traveled to the USA to study at the University of Colorado at Boulder, obtained his degree under the guidance of Paul Erhard. Mr. Teppa worked as a Teacher Assistant while doing his master’s degree at the University of Colorado. In 2007 he finished his Master's Degree in Jazz studies and bass performance with Professor Mark Simon at the University of Colorado. Teppa also played with the Boulder Philharmonic while he was in college at CU. In 2012 Teppa came back to the Simón Bolívar Orchestra in Caracas Venezuela and worked with the great conductor Gustavo Dudamel traveling to Colombia (2013-2014) and Brazil.

In the Jazz genre, Teppa has participated with such Jazz luminaries as trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, trombonist Slide Hampton, saxophonist John Gunther, percussionist John Hadfield, drummer John Von Ohlen, pianists Dave and Don Grusin, saxophonist, flutist and trumpeter Ira Sullivan, pianists Chip Stephens and Pat Bianchi, trumpeter and director John Davis, pianist Michael Pagan, trombonist Conrad Herwig, trumpeter Tom Harrell, saxophonist Chris Potter, trombonist Jiggs Whigham, flutist and saxophonist Nelson Rangel, vibraphonist Doug Walter, and guitarist Bill Kopper, among others.

In April of 2003 he won the "Honor Competition" award from the University of Colorado, which granted him the opportunity to play as soloist with the University Orchestra, the Concerto for Double Bass and Orchestra by Giovanni Bottesini. In March of 2004, 2005 and 2006 Mr. Teppa won the "Best Jazz Soloist" awards from Downbeat Magazine, a highly coveted award amongst Jazz instrumentalists in the US. That same year in April of 2004 and 2005, he won the "Best Jazz Soloist" award at the Greeley Jazz Festival in Colorado. Very active as a composer, he has five CDs to his credit: DesigniosTravesiasSerpentinaCONtrabajos de Aldemaro, and Sinergia in which Mr. Teppa blended elements of Venezuelan music with different cultural and stylistic influences of the world.

Within the Venezuelan music style Mr. Teppa has participated with musicians such as Ilan Chester, Aldemaro Romero, Oscar D´ León, Otmaro Ruíz, Gualberto Ibarreto, Luis Quintero, Aquiles Báez, Carlos "nene" Quintero, Cecilia Todd, Rafael "el pollo" Brito, Diego "el negro" Álvarez, Juan Tomás Martínez, C4 trío, Silvio Arocha, Orlando Cardazo, Javier y Jorge Montilla, Andrés Briceño, Biella Da Costa, Gerry Weil, Jesús "Chucho" Sanoja, Leo Blanco, Saúl Vera, Alfredo Naranjo, grupo Santoral, Claudia Calderón, Danilo Rivero, Adolfo Herrera, Eddy Marcano, Rubén Rebolledo, Víctor Mesta, Marco Granado, Gustavo Carucí, Julio Andrade, Cheche Requena, Jorge Glem, Cesar Orozco, Alexis Cárdena, and Omar Acosta, among others.

Teppa has participated in outstanding Jazz Festivals among: the Hatillo Jazz Festival (2008), the Maracay Jazz Festival dedicated to Santiago Baquedano (2008), the Ciclo de Jazz y Nuevas Propuestas Venezolanas (2009), the international jazz festival of Barquisimeto (2008-2010), the international University Jazz Festival of Manizales Colombia (2010), the Viña del Mar Festival (2010), and the Niwot Jazz Festival in Colorado (2014).

He also recorded a jazz album with two of the most popular Venezuelan jazz players: Juan Ángel Esquivel (guitar) and Adolfo Herrera (drums), called THE trio.

Teppa, along with bassist Roberto Koch put together a double bass duet, a project called Bajo-Contrabajo. The duet played at the Chacao Foundation, they also shared stage with flutist Dave Valentin at the International Jazz Festival of Barquisimeto 2010, Corpbanca theater 2010 and Premium Theater 2011 in Caracas. Lately Teppa is the bass player of C4 trío, a Venezuelan music ensemble.


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