Rick Yiengst

 

When did you start playing your instrument?

 

Summer of 3rd grade.

 

 

What do you do when you're not playing in the LSO?

 

My wife and I are retired.

 

 

When, or how, did you come to join the orchestra?
 

I was asked to sub, beginning with concerts with Federico Piantini -- I had played back in the 60's and 70's with Henri Elkan when, shall we say, performance was at a lower "bar" -- I was amazed at how genuinely good this group is, especially its string sections -- Group has a great esprit and pride.   An opening occurred, so I was happy to join.

 
Do you play in any other musical groups?
 

I've been in Orchestra Society of Philadelphia , 1969 to 1977 as Second Trumpet, and 1977 to the present as First; I'm also a member of Basilica Brass quintet, and I sub and play with all kinds of groups.

 
Do you come from a musical family?
 

My maternal Grandfather was an organist, pianist, theory teacher who taught at West Philly High -- William Smith was a pupil.

Does the instrument you play on have a story?
 

I bought my current C trumpet in 1977 from a brass dealer outside of Baltimore, who also raised  buffalo.

 
Are you originally from Lansdowne/Philadelphia?
 

I grew up in Havertown, and have lived in West Chester, Berwyn, and University City.

 
Who is your favorite superhero?

 

Fritz Reiner

 
Instrument

 

Trumpet

2010 - present

2010 - present