Bram Margoles



Hometown: Boulder, CO

Alma maters: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. B.M. & M.M., violin performance

Photos by Matt Dine


Appearances: Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, 2018; Pacific Music Festival, 2017; Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, 2015–19; Lansing Symphony Orchestra, 2015–19

What is your earliest memory of classical music? This isn’t classical exactly, but my earliest memory of hearing a violin was in a general music class in first grade. A substitute teacher came in to teach the class, brought her violin, and played Celtic style fiddle for us, and I fell in love instantly with the sound.

When did you realize you wanted to pursue music as a career? In high school I was able to start playing chamber music (string quartets, chamber orchestra, etc.) and it was these experiences that really made me want to get more serious about music as a career.

What do you like most about being in TŌN? Any favorite memories? My favorite thing about TŌN is being able to collaborate with my colleagues in the orchestra, who are such talented and inspiring musicians.

What do you think orchestra concerts should look like in the 21st Century? In the 21st Century I believe orchestra concerts should innovate with the times, including music from the past and the present, and from diverse backgrounds that reflect the diversity of our interconnected community and world. Ultimately I hope orchestra concerts bring the people of our community closer together, both on stage and in the audience.

What is your favorite piece of music, and why do you love it? Lately, one of my favorite pieces has been Shostakovich’s 7th Symphony. It is such a deeply meaningful piece of music.

Favorite non-classical musician or band: Lake Street Dive

If you could play another instrument, what would it be? Piano or Organ

If you weren’t a musician, what would you be doing? Some kind of natural science, something in nature hopefully.

Piece of advice for a young classical musician: Just play your heart out every day you can!