Bassist Frank Herzberg - born in East Berlin - began playing drums at
the age of 7. Influenced strongly by his older brother, the bassist
Hartmut Herzberg, he switched to the instrument which captured his
He became a violin maker in Markneukirchen - one of Germanys
centres of instrument making and started in 1990 to study double bass
at the Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” in Berlin with
Kammervirtuose Gerd Reinke.
Frank won a scholarship to study at the renowned Berklee College of
Music in Boston. There he was lucky to take classes with Charlie
Banacos and Hal Crook in Jazz Improvisation and graduated from
Berklee with the Bachelor of Music in Jazz Composition and
Frank returned to Berlin, where he completed his classical studies at
Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler. Since 1997, Frank has lived in
São Paulo, Brazil, where he works as a bassist with different jazz
formations and is a member of the bass section in the Symphonic Band
of São Paulo.
Frank Herzberg has appeared on nearly 60 CD's as a bassist, plays
regularly with his own trio, and with the Marta Karassawa Quintet, John
Stein Group, and the André Juarez Quartet, among others. He works
also as a studio musician and producer for instrumental music in Brazil.
He appears regularly at festivals giving concerts and workshops about
During his carrier he has appeared on stage, in the studio, or in
workshops with Horace Sliver, Antonio Sanchez, John Stein, Zé
Eduardo Nazário, Ithamara Koorax, Bocato, Guilherme Franco, Teco
Cardoso, André Juarez, Torsten de Winkel, Bob Moses, Jaques
Schwartzbart, Steve Hass, Cornelius Claudio Kreusch, Andre Pawelski,
and Chris Allen, among others.
Frank Herzberg works as a acoustic bassist in various orchestras in
Brazil, including the Symphonic Band/São Paulo, Jazzsinfonic
Orchester/São Paulo, and Orquestra Mediterrânia, where he has
accompanied well-known musicians like David Liebman, Hermeto
Pascoal, Egberto Gismonti, Ginga, and Airto Moreira, among others.