Double bassist Charles Clements grew up in Westborough, Massachusetts and began playing music at an early age. A 10 year journey through piano, viola, trumpet and electric bass led Charles to the double bass in high school which he began to study privately with Rhode Island Philharmonic bassist Nancy Kidd and play in jazz ensembles and youth orchestras in the Boston area. He attended the New England Conservatory of Music earning his Bacehlor’s Degree studying with Boston Symphony bassist Todd Seeber. Charles went on to receive his Masters Degree at Manhattan School of Music in New York, studying with New York Philharmonic bassist and jazz talent David Grossman.
Charles was a New World Symphony fellow from 2011-2014 and now is a regular substitute in the Boston Symphony. He has performed with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the East Coast Chamber Orchestra, and Boston’s ‘A Far Cry Chamber Orchestra’. Previously, Charles was a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center for two summers earning the Maurice Schwartz prize for musical achievement in 2010. Other festivals charles played at include the Britten-Pears program in England, the Schleswig-Holsten Music Festival in Germany, the Aspen Music Festival, the National Orchestral Institute, and the Domaine Forget Institute in Canada.
Charles now resides in Boston where he plays with a variety of different classical music ensembles and collaborates on a wide range of projects ranging from American Roots to Barouqe.