Chicago Philharmonic Concertmaster Robert Hanford


Robert HanfordQ. What inspired you to pursue music as a career?

A. My parents started me with violin lessons when I was 8 to help with physical coordination.  Although my parents were not musicians, music was always a part of our household.  When I got a good violin teacher after my family moved to Athens, Greece, I took off and loved performing!  I studied in Greece and Switzerland until I came back to the United States to go to college at Northwestern University.  I started working in Chicago as a freelancer while still in school and began to take orchestral auditions.  I started out in the Lyric Opera Orchestra and Grant Park Symphony in my early twenties and then went to the Milwaukee Symphony and Minnesota Orchestra.   I went full circle and came back to Lyric as concertmaster.

Q. What do you like most about the CPO’s ensemble approach to creating music?
A. I like the flexibility of the musicians and the variety of programming.

Q. What new endeavors would you like to see the CPO pursue in the future?
A. I would really enjoy leading a chamber orchestra program with the CPO.

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