Prior to joining the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in
1985, Loren Brown served as principal cellist of the Milwaukee Symphony
Orchestra for ten years. While in Milwaukee, Brown was also principal cello of
the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra and performed in Pro Musica Nova, a new music
ensemble, in addition to giving numerous recitals and concerto and chamber
Since joining the Chicago Symphony under Sir
George Solti, Brown has performed extensively with such ensembles as Chicago
Pro Musica, the Chicago Chamber Musicians, and Chicago Symphony Chamber
Players. With these and other ensembles, he has concertized extensively throughout
the United States, Europe and Australia, and he has participated in several
chamber music tours in Japan. Also in Japan, Loren served on the faculty of the
Affinis Arts Foundation summer festival.
Loren was a featured soloist with the Chicago
Symphony Orchestra in a two-cello concerto by composer David Ott and also
performed in the Chicago and New York premieres of Arvo Pärt’s Passio with the Hilliard Ensemble of
London. He has been a regular performer on the CSO’s chamber music series, and has
performed live on WFMT.
Brown’s early career began in Washington, D.C.,
where he spent four years as a member of the U.S. Navy String Quartet,
performing for dignitaries at the White House and the Department of State. He
played on numerous occasions at the Philips and National galleries and the
Corcoran Art Gallery. Also while in Washington, he was principal cellist of the
National Gallery Orchestra and the Kennedy Center Opera Orchestra.
Loren and his wife, cellist Anne Monson, live in
Oak Park with their daughter, Paloma.