Charles Grosz is principal bass of the Woodstock Mozart Festival Orchestra, a position he has held for the past eight seasons. Before returning to his native Milwaukee, Charles lived and worked in Europe and the Middle East for nearly 20 years, performing with several leading orchestras. His musical training began on keyboards at an early age, and not long after, Charles was appointed organist for Saint Matthias church at the age of eleven. He began studying the bass while in high school, and after earning a Bachelor’s degree in Art History from the University of Wisconsin, Charles moved to Europe where he performed with many top ensembles, including the Frankfurt Opera, the Israel Philharmonic, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, the Jerusalem Symphony and the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra. At the request of violinist Shlomo Mintz, Charles joined the Israel Chamber Orchestra as assistant principal bass, a position he held for 11 years. A devotee of chamber music, Charles has participated in numerous music festivals, among them Hong Kong, Istanbul, Athens, Buenos Aries, Pompeii, Paris and Tokyo. Charles currently lives in Milwaukee, and is principal bass with Waukesha, Racine and Kenosha Symphonies, the Skylight Opera Orchestra, and the Bel Canto Chamber Orchestra.