Chicago Philharmonic Principal Tuba Rex Martin

Rex MartinQ. Who inspired you to pursue music as a career?

A. There was always music in our household, both parents were good singers, and my father was one of the best whistlers I’ve ever heard. Both brothers played tuba and two sisters and my mother played the clarinet. Since the age of nine I have played, and loved playing, the tuba and as a teenager I decided that this is what I wanted to do with my life. Both of my teachers, Edward Livingston and Arnold Jacobs, were great inspirations to me, as were my junior high and high school band directors.

Q. What new endeavors would you like to see the CPO pursue in the future?

A. I would like for the CPO to perform for even larger audiences, and to do more of the large romantic pieces which include parts for the tuba!

Q. What do you like most about the CPO’s ensemble approach to creating music?
A. My colleagues in the CPO are marvelous musicians, and I have the best seat in the house from which to listen to them. It is a joy to play large orchestral works with the sensibility of chamber music.

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