Kory Johnson
  • Instrument Double Bass

Kory Johnson is a native Iowan and received his bachelor of music degree in double bass performance from the University of Iowa in 2002. Mr. Johnson has held principal bass positions with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the Linfield Chamber Orchestra. He has also been a bass section substitute with several orchestras across the midwest and northwest United States including the Boise Philharominic. He is currently a section bass member of the Des Moines Symphony, an associate at Becker Fine Stringed Instruments and teaches privately in the Des Moines area. 

Member of the Orchestra since


Most memorable experience with the Orchestra

Playing with Itzhak Perlman with him as a soloist and then playing an encore with him as the conductor.

How I got started playing my instrument

I started playing bass guitar in my junior year of high school which sort of counts. When I got to college, I was asked by our jazz band director to switch over to the double bass. During that switch, I also started playing with the college orchestra and really loved the feeling of playing in the string section. Being a music major, I was immersed in various classical music periods and styles and orchestral double bass playing quickly jumped to the top of my preferences for musical activities.

Favorite composer

I really can't name just one. Right now I especially like Purcell, his odes in particular, and various 17th-century French composers, though Shostakovich and Prokofiev are also pretty high on my list. J.S. Bach will always be up there as well.

Other than classical music _____ is on my iPod

Yann Tiersen, The Durutti Column, Todd Rundgren, Louis Prima, John Hartford, This Mortal Coil, Barney McKenna, Boards of Canada.