Kenshi Miyatani


Photo credit


Wichita Symphony Orchestra 

What is your earliest memory of classical music?

My mother played a recording of Ravel’s Pavane pour une infante défunte as a lullaby every night when I was baby.

Who is your biggest inspiration?

My former teachers: Tsutomu Maruyama in Tokyo, and Jeff Lang and Jen Montone in Philadelphia.

Which composer or genre of music do you feel you connect with the most?

As a horn player: Mahler, Strauss, Mozart, and Brahms. As a listener: Ravel, Chopin, and Debussy. 

What is your favorite piece of music, and why do you love it?

Mahler’s 9th Symphony. I can’t stop crying through the entire piece. 

What has been your favorite experience as a musician?

A few years ago, I played Beethoven’s Septet with faculty members of the Curtis Institute of Music in a concert. It was like a miracle to play chamber music with such wonderful people.

If you could play another instrument, what would it be?

Cello or trombone. I really enjoy listening to their music.

If you weren’t a musician, what would you be doing?

I wanted to be a math teacher or scientist when I was a child.

Piece of advice for a young classical musician

Please enjoy experiencing many genres of music, and find the way to your goal!