Ethan Sobotta is a versatile Seattle-based bassist and educator, as comfortable performing symphonic music, jazz, and rockabilly on acoustic bass as he is with funk and rock music on electric bass.

Ethan has established himself in Seattle as a strong and reliable musician with a wide range of talents, performing in the pit orchestras of many theaters in the Seattle area, as well as with local artists, some of which include Brian James, Johnny7 and the Black Crabs, Jaguar Jets, Void Hunter, Aurora's Eyes, The Pornadoes, The Wages of Sin, The Local Strangers, Washboard Cutups, Touché, and Sol de Noche. He is also an active string and jazz clinician throughout the Pacific Northwest.


Ethan began playing bass at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, where he studied with James Clute, former Associate Principal Bass of the Minnesota Orchestra. Since receiving his undergraduate degree, he has studied with Peter Lloyd of the Colburn School of Music and and soloist/composer Patrick Neher. He has also performed in masterclasses with Fraçois Rabbath, John Clayton, and Kristin Korb. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire and a master’s degree from Central Washington University.