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Bruce Kaminsky
Bruce Kaminsky
Adjunct Instructor
Director; Mediterranean Ensemble



MacAlister Hall, Suite 2018
Bruce attended West Chester College for Music Education and Gratz College for Jewish Liturgical Music, earned both an M.M. and B.M. degrees from Combs College of Music, Philadelphia. He studied double bass with Dr. Irving Cohen, Mr. Albert Stauffer and Mr. Eligio Rossi.

Since 1990, Bruce, has been on the music faculty of Drexel University, where he teaches Music History and Bass Studies along with directing the Drexel Mediterranean Ensemble performing music from the Middle East, North Africa and the Balkans. He is also on the faculty of Montgomery County Community College, teaching Music History.

Bruce Kaminsky is the designer and president of the KYDD Products, Inc., manufacturer of KYDD Basses sold internationally and used by the bassists with John Legend, Lou Reed, Katy Perry and the Emmy Awards. He is also the designer of the KYDD Bass Lab made in conjunction with the Roland Corporation. He is a member of the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) and holds two U.S. patents.

Bruce Kaminsky has been a bassist on more than fifty recordings. He has performed at the United Nations for the signing of the Israeli/Jordanian Peace Accord, the Jewish Music Festival - Berlin, Germany, Faro Chamber Ensemble Festival-Faro Portugal and the World Café in Philadelphia. Bruce has performed with international artists, including Simon Shaheen (Palestinian), Samuel Heifetz (Latvian), Edmond Joseph (Iranian), Geoffrey Williams (British), Boaz ben Moshe (Israeli), Hamit Golbasi (Turkish), Henrik Goldschmidt (Danish) and Adib Rafela (Egyptian). Maurice Chedid (Lebanese). Bruce Kaminsky has also performed with The Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra. In the jazz world, he has performed with Tal Farlow, Jimmy Knepper, Larry Coryell, Eddie Daniels, and Jimmy Bruno. As a production member of the International Association of Jazz Education (IAJE), Bruce worked directly with Dizzy Gillespie, Chick Corea and Dave Holland.

Bruce has authored articles including, “Converting Rock Musicians to Play Jazz,” Downbeat Magazine November 1982 and “Tips From the City Of Brotherly Bass,” Bass Player Magazine June 2004.

Radio and television appearances include: WHYY: “Fresh Air with Terry Gross,” WRTI: “Crossroads with Jill Pasternak and Jack Berkel,” ABC: “Good Morning Philadelphia,” NBC: “AM Philadelphia,” and NJN: “New Jersey Live with Mary Cumming.”