Jeffrey Grubbs joined the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in 1996 after having played for two seasons in the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and five seasons in the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra.
Mr. Grubbs, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, received his musical training at Youngstown State University, The Cleveland Institute of Music and the University of Southern California and is a student of Lawrence Angell, Paul Ellison, Ralph Jones, Anthony Knight and Tony Leonardi.
He started as a violinist at age nine and later switched to the Double Bass at age 18. To make up for lost time and to gain as much experience as possible, Mr. Grubbs, as a student, worked very diligently and became very active in the Northeast Ohio area music scene performing with the every symphony orchestra in that region. While a student at USC, He won the position of Orchestral Fellow with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra through the Music Assistance Fund.
In addition to his orchestral achievements, he is also an accomplished jazz bassist. In 1986, he won Downbeat Magazine's "Dee Bee" award for Best Collegiate Bass Soloist from a submittal of a recording of his work with the Youngstown State University Jazz Ensemble, and has since performed and recorded with many touring internationally known jazz artists including Nat Adderly, Kenny Burrell, Joe Lovano, Diane Schur, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Ira Sullivan and Joe Williams.
Jeffrey enjoys living in the city with his wife Tania and their three children and still involves himself in the jazz community. He believes that performing in both realms contributes greatly to his musical growth and personal development.