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Michael Becker, Principal Trombone

Michael Becker was named Principal Trombone of the Tucson Symphony in 2000. He has performed in orchestras across the U.S. and world including the Chicago Symphony, London Symphony, Detroit Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Lyric Opera of Chicago, The World Orchestra with Sir Georg Solti in Geneva, Switzerland and Baden Baden, Germany, the Honolulu Symphony and the Savannah Symphony. His summer festival work includes performing with the Grand Teton Music Festival, Grant Park Symphony Orchestra, Ravinia Festival and Arizona Opera's Wagner Ring Cycle. His bachelor degree in music performance was earned at Indiana University.

What music is on your iPod?
German lieder, such as Schumann , Schubert  and Brahms. Jazz, from bebop to contemporary.

What was your first musical experience as performer or audience member?

What I remember well is going to hear the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. It was a youth concert and I was about 12 years old. I was blown away! It's hard to pinpoint my first performing experience, but the one that really sticks out for me is playing Mahler 3 with the Chicago Symphony at Ravinia. That was about 13 years after hearing that youth concert. I never would have believed it.

Why did you choose your instrument?
It really chose me! I tried piano and Viola but they never stuck. When I picked up the trombone , I kind of just knew it was for me!

What is your favorite music to perform? Genre or specific piece
Very hard to answer this one. I love playing Mahler and Bruckner. But Mozart Requiem is also one of my very favorites to perform.

What do you do besides music?
I love to play tennis in my spare time! Also love to hike and cook.

Where did you go to school?
Indiana university and Arizona state.

What are your favorite places in Tucson?
The tennis courts!! The Desert Museum, raging sage coffee house,Casa Vicente.