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Eli Epstein

French Horn | Chamber Music Faculty

Eli Epstein earned a B.M. from the Eastman School of Music. He served as second horn of The Cleveland Orchestra from 1987–2005, and as horn instructor at the Cleveland Institute of Music from 19892006. He has appeared several times as soloist with The Philadelphia Orchestra and The Cleveland Orchestra.

Epstein left Cleveland in 2005 and moved to Boston to devote more time and energy towards educational and creative endeavors. An active chamber musician, he has performed at Jordan Hall, Severance Hall, Tanglewood, Philadelphia’s Academy of Music, Aspen Music Festival, the Kennedy Center and Music Academy of the West. He is on the faculties of The Boston Conservatory, the New England Conservatory (NEC), Music Academy of the West and the Aspen Music Festival and School, where he has served as principal horn of the Aspen Chamber Symphony since 2000.

Many of Epstein's former students perform in major orchestras throughout North America. Epstein has conducted ensembles at Cleveland Institute of Music, Music Academy of the West, Longy School of Music, The Boston Conservatory, NEC, Fundacion Orquesta Sinfonica Juvenil de Guanare Ensamble de Metales in Venezuela, the Inside Out Chamber Orchestra and the NEC Youth Brass Ensemble. Advocating the idea that music can be a meaningful and uplifting force in society, Epstein won Grand Prize in the Entrepreneur the Arts Contest (2009) for his Inside Out Concerts, and he appeared on Heartbeat of America with William Shatner.

Since 2010, Epstein has presented pre-concert lectures for The Philadelphia Orchestra. 

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