Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra bassist, Reed Sarasua Tucker, grew up in Sarasota where he began studying the double bass at age 12 with David Cobb. Reed earned his Bachelor’s Degree at the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings in Mercer University where he studied with many different teachers including Jeff Turner, Peter Lloyd, and Daniel Tosky. He received a Kovner Fellowship to complete his Master’s Degree at the Juilliard School where he studied with Hal Robinson and Rex Surany. After completing his Master’s Degree, Reed began an Artist Diploma at the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings before auditioning for the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.
During the summers of 2012 and 2013, Reed participated in the Perlman Music Program on Shelter Island and returned as a Fellow in 2021. During his schooling, Reed participated in the New York String Orchestra Seminar during the winters of 2015-2017 and served as Principal Bassist in 2016. During the summers of 2015-16, Reed participated in the Rome Chamber Music Festival where he performed with members of the Santa Cecilia Opera. In 2018, Reed attended as a Fellow to study with Edgar Meyer.