Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Lino Tanaka

Where were you born and (if different) where did you grow up? Sao Paulo, Brazil

Current residence and marital status/family: Boston, MA; partnered

Education: Master’s and graduate diploma from New England Conservatory

When did you start playing with the VSO? 2002

Other current jobs besides VSO: Cape Symphony Orchestra; South Florida Symphony; SAG actor (movies and TV commercials)

Favorite composer: It’s hard to choose, but I really enjoy performing Mozart and Prokofiev.

Hobbies: cooking; running

How did you get started in music? Playing the recorder and singing in the choir in elementary school

Describe a typical day: Every day, every week is different.

Dream job if not musician: airplane pilot

Secret ambition: to go on a long sailing trip

Favorite vice: three-minute eggs and toast in the morning

People would be surprised to know that: I’m Brazilian

Best advice I ever got: no matter what, follow your dreams

Favorite way to spend an evening: a great dinner with a nice bottle of red wine and inspiring conversation

Pet peeve: bullies

I’m most proud of: being a musician