Bram Margoles


Hometown: Boulder, CO

Alma maters: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. B.M. 2016, M.M. 2018

Photos by Matt Dine


Appearances: Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival Orchestra, 2019; Pacific Music Festival Orchestra, 2018; Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, 2015–19; Lansing Symphony Orchestra, 2015–19

What is your earliest memory of classical music? My parents took me to an orchestra concert when I was seven years old. The program was Scheherezade and Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony.

When did you realize you wanted to pursue music as a career? When I was 16 I realized the violin was something I really enjoyed, and that I should try to make a career out of it.

What do you think orchestra concerts should look like in the 21st Century? Enthusiastic musicians and an enthusiastic audience!

What is your favorite piece of music, and why do you love it? Mahler’s Fifth Symphony is one of my favorite pieces of music because, for me, listening to it is an experience of emotional catharsis and cleansing.

Do you have any embarrassing performance stories? Some embarrassing things I have done in performance are: leaving my music offstage before the performance starts, having my glasses fall off in the middle of a performance, and accidentally starting to play a piece before the rest of the orchestra had started.

Favorite non-classical musician or band: Gillian Welch

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

If you weren’t a musician, what would you be doing? Forestry or Zoology or some other sort of natural science.

What is your favorite place you’ve traveled to and why? Canyonlands National Park, because it is so beautiful

Piece of advice for a young classical musician: Be understanding to yourself and other people, and never lose that energy that drives you to become a musician.