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Randolph Bowman

Instrument: Flute

Education: Bachelor of Music from New England Conservatory, Boston

Hometown: Carmel, California

Neighborhood: Hyde Park, Cincinnati

Joined the CSO in 1990

Professional experiences: Principal Flute with Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Boston Ballet, Portland (ME) Symphony. Guest Principal flute with Boston, Chicago, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Dallas Symphony, Bavarian and Frankfurt Radio Orchestras. Former faculty member New England Conservatory and Boston Conservatory; University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music.

Activities outside of the CSO: Linton Chamber music, concert:nova

Inspirations as a musician: The great artists of the past and present—those who have exceeded the normal limits of their instruments and/or compositional conventions to create something new and unique.

Current playlist: Mark Knopfler, Alison Krause, Radiohead, Peter Gabriel, Sting, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin

Favorite orchestral work: Debussy’s Prelude to Afternoon of a Faun

Fun fact: I started my musical career in high school playing blues harmonica with friends in a garage band. Flute study started in college, when my interest in music overtook my original plan to go to art school.

Hobbies outside of music: Gardening

Favorite things to do in Cincinnati: Zoo, Aquarium, Union Terminal

How can the Orchestra make the world a better place? I read a piece that clearly illustrated the need for music and art in the world. It asked the question of anyone who considered the arts expendable, to deprive themselves of music, books, movies, television, etc...anything that involved the work of people who create...that would make this a very bleak planet indeed!