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Celebrating Black History: Xavier Foley (Double Bass ’16) and the Entrepreneurial Spirit

Xavier Foley (Double Bass ’16) is known for communicating his virtuosity and passion for music and creating opportunities for himself and his instrument, which is rarely presented solo.

Portrait of Xavier Foley by Tilda RoseWinner of a prestigious 2018 Avery Fisher Career Grant, he was recently recognized on WQXR’s “19 for 19” Artists to Watch list.

As concerto soloist with orchestra, he has performed with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Nashville Symphony, the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra, and Sphinx Virtuosi. Also a composer, Mr. Foley was commissioned by Carnegie Hall, the Sphinx Organization, and the New World Symphony to create For Justice and Peace, which has been performed at venues including Carnegie Hall as part of a program designed to promote social justice.

In a recent interview for Curtis Young Alumni Voices, he discusses his compositions inspired by death metal and Irish folksongs, upcoming gigs, and the entrepreneurial spirit. “After graduating from Curtis, I started learning new skills and building my own opportunities,” he says. 

Read the full interview on Medium.