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Jeffrey Khaner - Behind the Scenes

February 29, 2016

Each month in the Orchestra’s Playbill, we feature one musician in a question-and-answer segment. Below is that feature in its entirety.

Jeffrey Khaner holds the Paul and Barbara Henkels Chair.

Where were you born? In Montreal.

What piece of music could you play over and over again? It depends when you ask! Right now the slow movement of Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto; two weeks ago it was Fauré songs; almost anytime Ella Fitzgerald singing “Angel Eyes” or “Black Coffee.”
Tell us about your instrument: It’s a 14K gold Yamaha built to my own specifications and scale.   

What’s in your instrument case? A swab, metronome, and pencil.

If you could ask one composer one question what would it be? I’d ask Mozart “What do you really mean by allegro aperto?”

What piece of music never fails to move you? There are so many, but perhaps I’d say Brahms’s First Symphony, as I’ll never forget the first time I played it (with the Cleveland Orchestra) and it was the very first piece I played with The Philadelphia Orchestra.

When did you join the Orchestra? In 1990.

What’s your favorite type of food? It depends on what’s in front of me. One of the reasons I love traveling is that I love trying different cuisines.

What books are on your nightstand? Hard copy or e-reader? I love the e-reader for traveling, which is when I do most of my reading: the Complete Works of Charles Dickens, The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, Strong Motion by Jonathan Franzen.

Do you have any hobbies? I love skiing.

When was the first time you heard The Philadelphia Orchestra? I grew up listening to The Philadelphia Orchestra’s recordings.

Photo by Jessica Griffin