Principal cello Austin Huntington is in his final year as a Bachelor of Music student at The Colburn School Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles, Calif., where he studies with Ronald Leonard. He made his solo orchestral debut at the age of 10 and is the recipient of numerous grand and first prize awards, including the 2013 Aspen Music Festival Low Strings Competition, the 2012 MUSICAAS International String Competition, the 2012 Irving M.Klein International String Competition and the 2011 Stulberg International String Competition. Huntington is currently principal cellist of the Colburn Orchestra and has served as principal of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, Encore Chamber Orchestra and the South Bend Symphony. He has made numerous guest appearances with orchestras across the country.
Huntington won the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra's Michael Ben & Illene Komisarow Maurer Young Musicians Contest five years ago and made his ISO solo debut on June 10, 2010 under music director Krzysztof Urbański. He plays a Venetian cello made in 1725 by Carlo Tononi, on generous loan from the Colburn Foundation.
Assistant concertmaster Peter Vickery earned a Bachelor of Music in violin performance at the IU Jacobs School of Music in 2010, studying under Alexander Kerr (ISO principal guest concertmaster). Having previously held leadership positions with the Terre Haute Symphony and the IU Jacob School's University and Chamber orchestras, Vickery currently serves with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. He has performed with other notable IU alumni for chamber music collaborations, including Joshua Bell.He also served as an orchestral fellow at the Aspen Music Festival from 2007-2009, where he worked alongside Kerr, Gil Shaham, Adele Anthony and Nicholas McGegan.
Second bassoon Michael Muszynski currently serves as principal bassoonist for the Atlanta Opera Orchestra, Atlanta Ballet Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra Augusta (GA) and the South Carolina Philharmonic. He serves as Second Bassoon in the Columbus (GA) Symphony Orchestra and the Greenville (SC) Symphony Orchestra. Muszynski has performed in the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and in a number of chamber music ensembles. He earned both a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music in bassoon performance from Northwestern University.
Assistant Principal Clarinet Samuel Rothstein received his Bachelor of Music degree in music performance from Northwestern University in March of 2012, studying clarinet and bass clarinet with J. Lawrie Bloom and clarinet with Steve Cohen. Prior to joining the ISO in the 2014-2015 season, Rothstein was a member of the Richmond (VA) Symphony and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. He has performed with the Milwaukee, Virginia, New World and Illinois Symphony Orchestras as well as the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. Additionally, he played clarinet with the national touring company of Les Misérables for 10 months in 2010-2011 and continues to perform in various Broadway Chicago productions. Summer festival appearances include the National Repertory Orchestra, Spoleto Festival USA, and the Tanglewood Music Center. After two summers as a fellow at Tanglewood, Rothstein was invited to return in 2015 as a member of the New Fromm Players, focusing on the study and performance of contemporary music.
All four players will be present for the upcoming 2015-16 season, but Austin will officially begin Jan. 11 (with a few select concerts before then). This will give the orchestra a complement of 72 players.