Bram MargolesFirst Violin
Violinist Bram Margoles has been a member of the Alabama Symphony’s first violin section since 2021. Bram is also currently a member of the Des Moines Metro Opera Orchestra, and has appeared as a substitute player in the Nashville Symphony and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.
Bram’s passion for orchestral performance started when they joined the Ann Arbor Symphony in 2015 while studying as an undergraduate student at the University of Michigan. At Michigan, Bram earned undergraduate and master’s degrees in Violin Performance, studying solo and orchestral repertoire with teachers Aaron Berofsky and David Halen. They also performed as a member of the Lansing, Flint, and Jackson Symphonies. Internationally, they had the chance to perform at the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan, and the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival in Germany. In 2019, after deciding to further pursue orchestral playing, Bram became a fellow and a co-concertmaster in The Orchestra Now in New York, and performed at venues including Carnegie Hall and Jazz at Lincoln Center.
In addition to being passionate about orchestra, Bram is an enthusiastic chamber musician, and an advocate for contemporary classical and improvised music. In 2016 they co-founded the genre-defying string quartet Room 1078, which specializes in these areas. Branching out from their mainly classical training to other genres, Bram has enjoyed performing and recording alongside various songwriters and folk musicians.
Bram fell in love with playing the violin at age six while growing up in Boulder, Colorado. When not playing music, they enjoy hiking, biking, and trying out new cooking projects at home.