Creative Careers Episode 13: David Cooper, Future Principal Horn of the Berlin Philharmoniker

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If you want to know what it takes to win a principal position in the Berlin Philharmonic, today’s episode is for you.

Today on the show, Kelly talks with the future principal horn player of the Berlin Philharmonic, David Cooper. He won the position in December after the post has been vacant since 2010. 

You’ll hear David’s story of playing in the Michigan State Orchestra when he was in high school, his nail-biting story of auditioning for the Victoria Symphony, and why taking a year off from playing horn seriously was instrumental to his success. He shares the mottos that he lived by as he worked towards winning the most prestigious horn position in the world. Finally, find out who gave him the big news and his reaction!

This episode features David performing the Mozart and Strauss Horn Concertos.