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On the Cover: Ethan Bensdorf

Posted December 01, 2016

“It’s my goal every year to win the Best Supporting Actor award.” — Ethan Bensdorf

Ethan Bensdorf, December’s On the Cover musician, has developed a niche skill set as a section trumpet player at the Philharmonic, often playing second trumpet. The Principal Trumpet communicates his approach to entrances and style, and it’s Ethan’s job to adjust and respond quickly and be a rock-solid support for the Principal Trumpet. The trumpet section operates as a tight team, coordinating between themselves, within the brass section, and ultimately within the Orchestra. Watch the video Q&A above for more about Ethan and his role in the Philharmonic’s legendary brass section.

(If you’re a trumpet player or friends with one, you may recognize the opening music: the second etude of Theo Charlier’s 36 Transcendental Etudes “Du Style.”)

One of the most beloved Philharmonic traditions is the annual Holiday Brass concert, in which Ethan will be performing December 18. He will also be sharing behind-the-scenes Philharmonic photos on Instagram this month.

Next month we feature flutist and solo piccolo player Mindy Kaufman.

Learn more about Ethan Bensdorf.