Xavier Foley is known for communicating his virtuosity and passion for music on the bass, which is rarely showcased as a solo instrument. Winner of the 2018 Avery Fisher Career Grant, he was recognized on New York WQXR’s “19 for 19” Artists to Watch list and featured on PBS’ “Thirteen’s NYC-ARTs.”
Foley won the 2016 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, a Paiko Foundation Fellowship and first prizes at Astral’s 2014 national auditions, the Sphinx Organization’s 2014 competition and the 2011 International Society of Bassists Competition.
As concerto soloist with orchestra, he has performed with the Atlanta Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Nashville Symphony, Sphinx Symphony and Sphinx Virtuosi at Carnegie Hall. Also a composer, Foley was co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall and the Sphinx Organization for a new work titled For Justice and Peace for violin, bass and string orchestra; the work was recently performed at venues including Carnegie Hall as part of a program designed to promote social justice.
A native of Marietta, Georgia, Foley is an alumnus of the Perlman Music Program and earned his bachelor of music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music, where he worked with Edgar Meyer and Hal Robinson. His double bass was crafted by luthier Rumano Solano.