Jordan Gunn


Hometown: Champaign, IL

Alma mater: Eastman School of Music, B.M.

Instagram: @Jordan_Gunn_25

Photos by Matt Dine


Awards/Competitions: 2019 John Celentano Award for Excellence in Chamber Music,  Eastman School of Music; 2019 Glenn and Francis Harris Cello Prize, Eastman School of Music; 2nd Place, 2019 MTNA National Chamber Music Competition

Appearances: Civic Orchestra of Chicago, 2019–20; Sinfonia da Camera, Champaign, IL, 2019–20; AIMS Orchestra Fellowship, Graz, Austria, 2019; Madeline Island Chamber Music Fellowship, 2018; Bowdoin Summer Music Festival, 2016

When did you realize you wanted to pursue music as a career? When I picked out my first full-sized cello. The sound was so much more beautiful than the “kids-size”!

What do you think orchestra concerts should look like in the 21st century? Orchestras should be much more invested in the community, perform a more diverse repertoire of classics, new music, and under-appreciated composers, and also give much more creative power to the musicians themselves.

Who is your biggest inspiration? My hometown teacher, Daniel McDonough, from the Jupiter String Quartet.

Which composer or genre of music do you feel you connect with the most? Right now Beethoven, Shostakovich, and Britten are my favorites. I find them to all be such logical composers with incredibly distinct sounds.

What is some advice you would give to your younger self? Everyone learns at a different pace! Always remember the music is the most important part.