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Bass player Thomas Van Dyck settles in with BSO

His love of all kinds of music helped land him in the orchestra

Thomas Van Dyck is a bass player, and he’s exactly what you’d expect: handsome, hip, even athletic, and definitely cool. But don’t expect to see him on a dark, smoke-filled stage anytime soon draped in leather and riffing with his bandmates.

Van Dyck, 32, plays the double bass, or string bass, as one of the newest members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, having joined the nine-member bass section in January. He beat out 257 candidates for the right to dress up in a tuxedo and perform in one of world’s great music halls in front of packed houses night after night.

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