Miles Salerni

Percussion/Timpani

Hometown: Bethlehem, PA
Alma Maters: Boston University, B.M.; New England Conservatory of Music, M.M.; Duquesne University, A.D.
Awards/Competitions: Winner, 2013–14 New England Conservatory Honors Chamber Ensemble Competition
Appearances: Round Top Festival Institute, Texas, 2010–11; Castleton Music Festival, Virginia, 2012; Tanglewood Music Center, Massachusetts, 2016
Instagram: @milessalerni
Musical origins: I started playing percussion in 6th grade. I wanted to play from the age of 5 when I saw an African drumming concert, but my parents, who are musicians themselves, made me start on piano.
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 some incredible venues inspired me to apply.
Favorite piece to play: Shostakovich Symphony No. 11. I’ve played it 3 times with 3 different orchestras, and I’ve always played the same part: bass drum and chimes.
Favorite obscure piece: Andy Akiho’s to wALk Or ruN in wEst harlem
Favorite musical memory: Last summer at Tanglewood, with the Silk Road Ensemble and 30 Tanglewood fellows, playing a piece called Wedding written by Syrian clarinetist, Kinan Azmeh
Which composer would have had the best social media: Stravinsky
Favorite fact about your instrument: Anyone can play drums.
Favorite non-classical musician or band: Bon Iver
Musical guilty pleasure: Eminem
Best album to have on repeat: Kid A by Radiohead
What recording would you take to a deserted island: Mahler Symphony No. 2, New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein
Favorite non-musical hobby or activity: Cooking and mixing new cocktails
Favorite book: The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon
Favorite painting: Nighthawks by Edward Hopper
Piece of advice for a young classical musician: Be open and listen to all types of music from all over the world.

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