With performance credits ranging from orchestral soloist to jazz session player, Toronto bassist Jesse Dietschi is a truly versatile musician and composer equally experienced in jazz, classical, and popular music. He holds an Artist Diploma from the Glenn Gould School (RCM, Toronto) in Orchestral Performance, along with Masters degrees in both Jazz Performance (U of Toronto) and Composition (Brandon University).
Jesse is a faculty member at the Southwestern Ontario Suzuki Institute, St. Andrew’s College, and the Oakville Suzuki Association. He has appeared on international broadcasts including the CBC’s Sounds of the Season and Murdoch Mysteries, and NBC’s hit show Hannibal. Jesse is a member of the international touring ensemble Tunnel Six, contemporary jazz outfit the Nick Maclean Quartet, and has performed with the Canadian Opera Company, Esprit Orchestra, Toronto Concert Orchestra, Sony Centre/Attila Glatz Productions, and Against the Grain Theatre. As a composer and bandleader, Jesse leads the Catalyst Ensemble, a Toronto-based chamber jazz hybrid ensemble that uses strings and rhythm section to perform genre-bending compositions.
He has also appeared as a soloist with chamber and full orchestras throughout Ontario, and has performed, toured, and recorded with a wide range of artists including The Headstones, Metric, the Gryphon Trio, Robi Botos, Ken Lavigne, Tapestry Opera, Irene Torres and the Sugar Devils, and Mexico’s Festival de Febrero.
He has studied with Jeffrey Beecher, Andrew Downing, David Occhipinti, and Stan Label, and has worked in masterclasses with Joel Quarrington and Timothy Pitts.