Born in Minot,
North Dakota, Bradley Opland began his musical studies at an early age and, by
the time he was 10, knew that he wanted a career in a symphony orchestra. After
graduating from high school a year early, he moved to Philadelphia to continue
his music studies at the Curtis Institute of Music.
One year later,
Stanislaw Skrowaczewski appointed Brad to the bass section of the Minnesota
Orchestra at the age of 18, one of the youngest musicians ever hired. He
remained in Minnesota through Sir Neville Marriner’s tenure, coming to Chicago
in 1984 after Sir Georg Solti offered him a position in the Chicago Symphony
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