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Ethan Bearman

horn, Bud and Barbara Hellman Chair

About this Artist

ETHAN BEARMAN joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic horn section in 2008 and has performed, recorded, and toured extensively with the orchestra. Recent recording projects include Deutsche Grammophon recordings of Mahler symphonies 6, 8, and 9 with Gustavo Dudamel and a 2013 Grammy award-winning series of Brahms symphonies. Performances on tour regularly take him to stages throughout Europe, Asia, the United States, Canada, and South America.

Bearman grew up in southern California studying with his now-colleague Brian Drake of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. After studies with Eli Epstein of The Cleveland Orchestra, he found himself in Ithaca, NY while his wife was completing a veterinary medicine degree at Cornell University. Asked to join the Cornell faculty new music group Ensemble X, he performed modern chamber works in collaboration with distinguished composers such as Steven Stucky and Roberto Sierra.

Returning to Los Angeles in 2002, Bearman embarked on a career performing as a guest with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Pacific Symphony, the Santa Barbara Symphony, the Kennedy Center Opera, and contributing to film and television recordings. During this time he started a family and mastered the craft of auditioning for orchestras while raising young children.

Bearman's teaching includes both private students and those completing a special Master's program offered jointly by the LA Philharmonic and the Longy School of Music in Boston. He has conducted master classes in the US, Japan, and Venezuela. When not performing, Bearman enjoys skiing, traveling, eating good food, and spending time with his sons, Owen and Eli, and his wife, a veterinarian in downtown Los Angeles