Ethan Brozka


Hometown: Ft. Collins, CO

Alma maters: University of Denver, Oberlin Conservatory, University of Iowa

Photo by Matt Dine


Awards/Competitions: Winner, 2016 University of Iowa Concerto Competition; Finalist, 2015 Dannenberg Honors Recital, Oberlin Conservatory

Appearances: New World Symphony, substitute, 2017; Orchestra Iowa, substitute, 2016–17; Quincy Symphony Orchestra, Guest Principal Horn, 2016; Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, Fourth Horn, 2015–17; Music Academy of the West, 2016; Aspen Music Festival and School, 2014–15

What is your earliest memory of classical music? Listening to the London Symphony Orchestra play The Planets on the first CD I ever owned.

What do you think orchestra concerts should look like in the 21st Century? I think they should be more informal and interactive.

Which composer or genre of music do you feel you connect with the most? Beethoven. I fell in love with the Seventh Symphony early on and it has never faded.

What is your favorite piece of music, and why do you love it?: Beethoven’s Seventh. It is a complete work of art that encompasses an entire human experience in one piece.

What has been your favorite experience as a musician? Performing at Carnegie Hall for the first time

What is some advice you would give to your younger self? Never underestimate the value of fundamentals.

Favorite non-classical musician or band: D’Angelo

What is your favorite place you’ve traveled to and why? Patagonia. It feels like the end of the earth.

Which three people, dead or alive, would you like to have dinner with and why? Barack Obama, Alex Honnold, and Teddy Roosevelt. All three are men exemplify a dedication I aspire to.

Tell us something about yourself that might surprise us: My deadlift PR is 425lbs.

Piece of advice for a young classical musician: Luck is when opportunity meets preparation.