Miles Salerni

Percussion

Hometown: Bethlehem, PA

Alma maters: Boston University, B.M.; New England Conservatory, M.M.; Duquesne University, A.D.

Photos by Matt Dine

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Awards/Competitions: Winner, 2015–16 New England Conservatory Honors Chamber Ensemble Competition

Appearances: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, substitute, 2015–17; Fort Worth Symphony, substitute, 2015–18; Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, substitute, 2016–18; Tanglewood Music Center, 2016; Castleton Music Festival, 2013; Round Top Festival Institute, 2010–11

What inspired you to audition for TŌN? I heard about TŌN from Matt Strauss, a percussionist in the Houston Symphony. The opportunity to play with a young group of talented musicians in incredible venues inspired me to apply.

What do you think orchestra concerts should look like in the 21st Century? An ensemble that plays a diverse and wide range of repertoire in both the concert hall and other interesting venues.

Who is your biggest inspiration? Billy.

What has been your favorite experience as a musician? Playing with the Silk Road Ensemble at Tanglewood, a piece called “Wedding” written by Syrian clarinetist Kinan Azmeh.

What is some advice you would give to your younger self? Listen to as much music as possible, especially the stuff I don’t think I’d like.

Favorite non-classical musician or band: Lake Street Dive

What is your favorite place you’ve traveled to and why? Porquerolles, which is an island off the coast of the French Riviera. There are no cars allowed and they have the most picturesque and pristine beaches.

Piece of advice for a young classical musician: Be open and listen to all types of music from all over the world.