Chicago Philharmonic Principal Double Bass Collins Trier

Collins TrierQ. What inspired you to pursue music as a career?

A. I come from a very musical family. My father, Phillip Trier, was a composer, pianist and organist. We would have family music sessions almost every night. At a very young age I played the recorder, then at age five I took up the violin. A few years later I started playing the hammer dulcimer, all the time incorporating these instruments into our family music sessions. We would often play at events at the school where my dad taught and at church. My father wrote original musicals based on the stories of The Three Bears, Rumpelstiltskin and some of Carl Sandburg’s Rootabaga Stories. We performed these musicals all around the Chicago area and at the Fox Hollow Music Festival in New York which we attended yearly. I started playing the double bass in junior high school and that’s when things really took off for me. I think from a very young age I knew I was going to be a musician.

Q. What do you like most about the CPO’s ensemble approach to creating music?
A. The CPO is comprised of very fine and versatile musicians that are lots of fun to “play” with. Maestro Rachleff is always exciting and inspiring with his interpretations. The various guest conductors are always great as well. Because I play at the Lyric Opera, it is very nice to play symphonic music with the CPO, especially with such wonderful musicians.

Q. What new endeavors would you like to see the CPO pursue in the future?
A. I think the CPO’s new approach to marketing and programming is very positive. I am truly inspired and looking forward to these exciting concerts this season. I believe the newly reborn CPO will be exciting to our wonderful audience as well.

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