Joseph DiBello

Joseph DiBello was appointed to the double bass section of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra by Sir Georg Solti in October 1976. Prior to that Joe was a member of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.

Largely self taught, DiBello began playing the bass in high school, where it became evident that music was his first love! Upon graduating from high school, his practical nature dictated a secure career. Joe attended the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, graduating in 1966 with a Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy.

In 1967, Joe resumed his music studies, studying bass with Edward Arian, former assistant principal bass of the Philadelphia Orchestra. During this time, Joe was a practicing pharmacist in several Philadelphia hospitals. A year later, he resumed his studied at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. From 1969 to 1973, he was principal bass of the Philadelphia Lyric Opera Orchestra and Delaware Symphony. During this time, he studied with the Philadelphia Orchestra’s principal bass, Roger Scott. In 1973, he was appointed to the bass section of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.

Joe’s wife, Bonnie, is a violinist with the Lyric Opera Orchestra of Chicago. The DiBellos enjoy their home in Lincolnshire, Illinois, where they share it with their Shetland sheepdog, Lily, and Bella their cat. Their younger daughter, Giovanna, is finishing her studies at College of Lake County. Their older daughter, Gina, is principal second violin of the Minnesota Orchestra.

June 2010


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