In memoriam: Rudolph Nashan (1923–2017)

Rudolph Nashan, a member of the trumpet section of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra from 1950–1963, died on August 9, 2017, at the age of 94. 

Nashan was born in Münster, Germany on July 25, 1923. He was a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago from 1941–1943. He joined the U.S. Army during World War II and served in a military band in Skokie, Illinois. In the military, Nashan worked as both a trumpeter and a translator for incoming German war prisoners.

He attended the New England Conservatory of Music as a student of Georges Mager. He joined the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as second trumpet in 1950 at the invitation of music director Rafael Kubelik. He was also a founding member of the International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians and an artist representative for the National Endowment for the Arts.

Source: Chicago Symphony Orchestra

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