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Ellen Tomasiewicz

Ellen Tomasiewicz, Associate Principal/Utility Horn
Nancy F. Seely Chair

Ellen Tomasiewicz earned a B.M. degree from Princeton University and a M.M. degree from the Manhattan School of Music. She formerly performed as principal horn for the Nova Filharmonia Portuguese in Lisbon, Portugal. Her chamber music experience includes the Manhattan Wind Quintet of New York.

Tomasiewicz has participated in summer festivals at Tanglewood, Los Angeles, Sarasota (New College), Yale University and Aspen. She has been featured as a soloist on recordings in Portugal and for CBS in the United States. Tomasiewicz's most recent recording is a CD of premieres and commissions entitled When Angels Speak with the Manhattan Wind Quintet on the Albany Records label. She has been a member of the Naples Philharmonic since 1991.


The facts:

I’m from Connecticut. I have a Bachelor of Arts from Princeton and Master of Arts from Manhattan School of Music. I joined the Naples Philharmonic in 1993.

What has been your most memorable moment with the orchestra?

My most memorable moment was soloing with the orchestra in works by Britten, Strauss and Mozart.

What inspired you to become a musician?

I wanted to play music with my friends.

What is the most enjoyable part of your job?

My colleagues.

What’s challenging about playing your instrument?

You have to be an athlete and an artist at the same time.

What are your favorite compositions?

My favorites are anything by Brahms.

What have you been listening to recently?

I’ve been listening to cool jazz on Amazon Prime.

Are there other musicians in your immediate family?

Yes, most of my siblings are serious amateur musicians.


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