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Gene Pokorny

Gene Pokorny

I am the tuba player in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. I have performed in many different orchestras and have been a soloist, recitalist and music educator all over the world. My five years as the tuba player in the Utah Symphony gave me an appreciation for Utah and the people who live here. I want to play the world’s greatest music for people here especially in the less-traversed areas. That is my mission for my time here in April, 2010. Below is a more extended biography. GENE POKORNY Occupying the Arnold Jacobs Principal Tuba Chair of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra is Gene Pokorny, who was appointed to the position by Sir Georg Solti in 1988. He began playing full-time with the Orchestra the following year. A proud native of Southern California, Pokorny studied tuba there with Jeffrey Reynolds, Larry Johansen, Tommy Johnson and Roger Bobo. After attending the University of Redlands and graduating from the University of Southern California, he played in the Israel Philharmonic, the Utah Symphony, the Saint Louis Symphony and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. While in Los Angeles he played in several movie soundtracks including “Jurassic Park” and “The Fugitive.” Sir Georg Solti invited him to play the with the Solti Orchestra Project at Carnegie Hall and with his World Orchestra for Peace, which celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of the United Nations. Former Chicago Symphony Orchestra Music Director Daniel Barenboim invited Gene to play in the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin prod

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