After 25 seasons as Principal Clarinet of the Minnesota Orchestra, Burt Hara joins the Los Angeles Philharmonic as the new Principal Clarinet. He has served as Principal Clarinet of the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, and has also performed with the New York Philharmonic, the Saint Louis Symphony, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony, and the Seattle Symphony.
At the age of 14 Hara made his solo debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. A frequent soloist with the Minnesota Orchestra, Hara has also had a solo with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Tucson Symphony, the Alabama Symphony, the Aspen Chamber Symphony, the Cedar Rapids Symphony, the Quad Cities Symphony, the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony, and the Monterey Symphony. Aspen Chamber Symphony, an active chamber musician, Hara performs regularly at Summer Festivals around the country.
This summer will be performing at the Aspen Music Festival, Summerfest in La Jolla, Music in the Vineyards in Napa Valley, and the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Festival in Madison, Wisconsin. He has performed regularly with the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota and the Minnesota Chamber Orchestra.
He is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Donald Montanaro. His principal teachers also include Yehuda Gilad and Mitchell Lurie.
Burt Hara is a Crampon Buffet USA and Vandoren performing artist.