Nick Rubenstein: Horn


A Massachusetts native, Nicholas Rubenstein began playing the horn at the age of nine. His focus is in music performance and educating. 

He received his Bachelor's Degree in Music from Northwestern University in '07 and graduated with his Masters from The New England Conservatory in '11. He continued his studies in the Graduate Diploma program at NEC with a focus in Contemporary music, orchestral performance and pedagogy. His principal teachers have included Gail Williams (Chicago Symphony, Retired), Richard Sebring (Boston Symphony) and Eli Epstein (Cleveland Orchestra, Retired) as well as studies with Gunther Schuller, Bill Barnewitz, Julie Landsman, Doug Hill and masterclasses with numerous others.

His performance career brings him to the many corners of the Northeast as a highly sought after freelance musician. He has the privilege of membership with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and the Boston based Redline Brass quintet. His recent engagements have included performances with the Portland Symphony, The Boston Ballet, The Springfield Symphony, The Rhode Island Philharmonic, and at the 2016 International Horn Symposium with invitations to play with the Coast Guard Band as well as many other large and small ensembles across New England.

Nick's performances have brought him to 12 different countries across 3 continents and has played in some of the greatest halls the world has to offer. Nick has had the privilege of playing under such conductors as Riccardo Muti, Esa Pekka Salonen, Christoph Von Dohnányi, Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos, James Levine, Gunther Schuller, Hugh Wolff, Benjamin Zander and many others.

In addition to orchestral and chamber music, he has extensive experience with studio work and recording. He's recorded and collaborated on more than 50 different projects ranging from movie and film soundtracks, television shows, video games, chamber music, CD releases, and radio engagements.

As a strong believer in musical education, Nick has collaborated and performed in many outreach shows, educational programs, discovery concerts and demonstrations. A core tenet of his work with RBQ is the focus on education and outreach. He has educated and performed concerts, demos and programs through the Boston Philharmonic, the Longy School of Music and as a clinician across the state. He has collaborated with The Discovery Ensemble, The Hartford Symphony, Monadnock Music and Redline Brass Quintet on creating educational programs. He coaches students and musicians and teaches privately.

In addition to his musical career Nick has worked as an apprentice, line cook and a chef in a number of high end restaurants in Florence Italy, Brooklyn NY, Manhattan NY, CT and Boston.

Nick performs on a Dürk-Lewis Boston model horn, and a Karl Hill Kortesmaki Schmidt-wrap.