Chicago Philharmonic Flutist and Piccoloist Karin Ursin

Karin UrsinQ. What inspired you to pursue music as a career?

A. I picked the flute on ‘instrument night’ in 4th grade and was hooked.  My early private flute teachers inspired, encouraged and challenged me.

Q. What do you like about the Chicago Philharmonic’s ensemble approach in creating music?
A. The camaraderie is very special in this group.  We love being a part of the talented pool of players and feel comfortable working together towards musical excellence.  It’s a good vibe in the wind section when you can approach each other to try musical ideas and strive for the best in each performance.

Q. What new endeavors would you like to see the Chicago Philharmonic pursue in the future?
A. I’d love to perform educational concerts in the schools or have the schools come to us. Seeing young kids turned on to classical music is exciting.

Q. What are you reading at the moment?
A. I just finished Eric Metaxas’ wonderful book on Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

Q. What favorite music are you listening to?
A. They say that live music is best and I have to agree when listening to my boys play the piano.  These days I’m hearing bits of Debussy, Sinatra and classics out of the hymnal.

Q. What do you like to do as a hobby?
A. In my free time I enjoy sports (I’m a die-hard Cubs fan) and cooking.  It’s no secret I am a chocoholic always searching for something new to sample.

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