Having already performed in over twenty countries, Seth Cook has quickly defined his skill and talent as a tubist. Growing up in a musical family just south of Boston, Seth began his musical development with piano lessons at age five, followed by tuba lessons with Jerry Shaw at the age of ten. At fourteen, he was invited to join the New England Conservatory Preparatory School. During high school, he studied with Atlantic Brass Quintet tubist John Manning and at Boston University and the Tanglewood Music Festival.
Receiving Bachelors degrees in Music Performance and Musicology at Northwestern University, Seth spent his undergraduate years working with Rex Martin, Gail Williams and other Northwestern brass faculty. In 2003, he was appointed principal tuba of the Youth Orchestra of the Americas with which he toured Central and South America. The following year, he was invited to join the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan, as Principal Tuba. There, he worked and performed with members of the Vienna Philharmonic and the Berlin Philharmonic, and performed under the batons of Valery Gergiev and Fabio Luisi.
In 2006, Seth received his Masters of Music from McGill University in Montreal, working closely with Dennis Miller, Principal Tubist of L’Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal. During his time at McGill, he was a member of two quintets that each won the American Brass Quintet Fellowship at the Aspen Music Festival.
Mr. Cook moved to Washington, D.C. in 2006, and quickly became a popular freelancer. He performs regularly at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, working with such ensembles as the National Symphony Orchestra and the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra. In 2008, he was privileged to play for Pope Benedict XVI’s Mass at National Stadium, and in 2009, was featured at the Kennedy Center in the revival production of Ragtime: The Musical which went on to Broadway.
An outgrowth of his passion for coffee, Seth helped plan and open a specialty coffee shop in Arlington, Virginia, which he also currently runs in his spare time.
Seth resides in Alexandria, Virginia with his wife, pianist Sophia Kim Cook.