Amanda Tavani earned her bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of Colorado in Boulder where she studied with Paul Erhard. She went on to earn a Master’s degree in double bass performance at Cleveland State University under the tutelage of Cleveland Orchestra members Derek Zadinsky and Charles Carleton. Continued education includes training in the Suzuki method for double bass. In 2019, Mrs. Tavani studied with François Rabbath and Paul Ellison at the Canadian festival Domaine Forget. Other festival appearances include Marrowstone Music Festival, the Aspen Music Festival, and MasterWorks Festival, where she has served as double bass faculty.
Passionate about increasing the excellence of the next generation of young bassists, Mrs. Tavani maintains an active private studio for ages four through adult, and is on faculty at Cleveland State University. In addition to teaching the bass, she stays actively involved in public school orchestra programs as a tutor and sectional coach for all string instruments.
As a performer, Mrs. Tavani plays principal bass with the Cleveland Philharmonic. After a performance of Saint-Saëns’ “Carnival of the Animals,” Cleveland Classical commented about her playing that “Principal Bass Amanda Tavani… aptly captured [her] own musical characters.” In addition to performances with the Cleveland Philharmonic, Mrs. Tavani performs with the Snowbelt Symphony and occasionally with the Firelands Symphony Orchestra. She has also performed with the gypsy jazz group, “Hot Club of Akron.”